Romelu Lukaku is in line to start his first Premier League game on 16 October, when Chelsea face Brighton on Wednesday night.
The Belgium international kicked off the bench in a 3–1 Boxing Day victory at Aston Villa, where he scored as well as winning a penalty.
And the 28-year-old is now set to lead the line at Stamford Bridge against Seagull, who has made a full recovery from the coronavirus.
The last time he featured in a top-flight starting XI was against Brentford two months ago.
But while Thomas Tuchel has been boosted by his return, he suffered a setback at Villa Park after N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva were injured.
Meanwhile, German pair Kai Havertz and Timo Werner remain suspicious even after being affected by Kovid.
And a home struggle may also come too soon for Ruben Loftus-Cheek against Graham Potter’s side, another Chelsea player who was hit by their Covid outbreak.
Here SunSport takes a look at how Chelsea might line-up against Brighton.
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Edouard Mendy will be sure to keep his place among the sticks in 18 of the club’s 19 Premier League appearances.
In the case of Silva’s dismissal, the back three could include captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
Reece James is likely to slot in as the right-wing-back, with Marcos Alonso on the opposite side to retain his place.
The Spaniard is deputizing for injured Ben Chilwell, who is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Jorginho, who has scored nine goals this campaign, could partner Matteo Kovacic in the middle of the pitch after the Croatian’s cameo from the bench against Villans.
Tuchel could opt to start Mason Mount and his English compatriot Callum Hudson-Odoi behind former Manchester United star Lukaku.
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