Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Spurs could yet have a huge bearing on the title race.
The Blues’ confidence has already taken a hit following the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, and they now lead Mauricio Pochettino’s side by just four points going into the last six games of the league season.
A trip to Wembley is but a brief distraction, especially as they face none other than the same Lilywhites who are hunting them down.
If Antonio Conte’s men are to reach the final, they will again have to do it without two of their key men.
According to the Mirror, Thibaut Courtois is still expected to be sidelined having injured his ankle in a basketball promo shoot.
Marcos Alonso was also involved in the promotion and limped off the pitch during the warm-up at Old Trafford.
Neither is now thought to be ready to face Spurs, who are in search of their first FA Cup trophy since 1991. The north Londoners have won eight on the bounce in all competitions and will no doubt be buoyed by Chelsea’s injury problems.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela, the latter being out for the season.