Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad that travelled to Greece before their Europa League meeting with PAOK Salonika on Thursday evening after personally telling Maurizio Sarri, the manager, that he is battling tiredness.
The Belgian appeared to be hitting his best form just as Chelsea reached top spot in the Premier League, with the club's decision to ease the 27-year-old into action after his World Cup exploits appearing to have worked a treat.
"We can not look ahead too far because we have just played a few matches".
Similarly, Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi are yet to play at all, despite the Wales global impressing with his country and the latter being earmarked for a first-team role in pre-season by Sarri.
The Belgium worldwide has made a brilliant start to the Premier League season following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte's replacement.
"I don't know about Loftus-Cheek", Sarri told reporters when asked if the midfielder was in line for a rare chance to stake his claim. I thought it was better to stay in Cobham, to have training and to rest.
"I spoke with him before he started the week". There is in the future.
"World class players from 12 yards are very hard to stop".
"Tomorrow I have to change four, five players, but it's impossible in this moment of a season to change 11 players for a match".
It remains to be seen who Loftus-Cheek could replace if he is in the line-up, with Jorginho and N'Golo Kante being two candidates who would drop to the substitutes' bench.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident that Marko Arnautovic will be in the starting line-up for the London derby with Chelsea on Sunday. "He played well and we hope he will recover". I have also played [Victor] Moses and Willian. Ampadu, Odoi and Loftus are the future. I don't know tomorrow.