The first piece of injury information for a forthcoming game is the surest indication that a new season is just around the corner.
Fans of Chelsea will be happy to learn that in this situation, it is our opponents who are having difficulties rather than us.
On Sunday, we play Everton in the season-opening televised game that is sure to attract a lot of interest. The Toffees just averted relegation last season, and they appear to be in serious jeopardy once more this year.
Richarlison, their talismanic striker, was sold, and Sky Sports reports that Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the player they were counting on to score in his stead, is now ruled out for Sunday’s encounter.
That makes Everton a truly toothless team up top, and Chelsea should be able to capitalise on it. We’re hardly the finished product either, but we’re a lot better than them, especially in this rather damaged state.