Chelsea fear N'Golo Kante could miss all six October games with hamstring injury

Charly Musonda this week criticised his lack of first-team opportunities on Instagram and is facing another loan spell away from Chelsea before he can seriously fight for a place. Chelsea gave Musonda a dressing down for his public attack on the club and there is a belief that he is still some way from regularly competing for a first-team place.

The Blues had considered loaning out Musonda, who scored in the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, in the summer but the youngster opted to stay at Stamford Bridge. Musonda may get another chance to show what he can do in the Carabao Cup tie against Everton on October 25, but, depending on how far Chelsea go in the tournament, the 20-year-old could be allowed to leave on loan as early as January.

Should Chelsea still be involved in the Carabao Cup in the New Year or decide they need Musonda in case of injury, then he is likely to go out on loan next season. Musonda has spent two spells on loan at Real Betis and was wanted by Roma this summer before deciding to start the season at Chelsea.