Carlo Ancelotti said Chelsea’s record £50m signing Fernando Torres is likely to make his debut against former club Liverpool in the league on Sunday.
Spain striker Torres and fellow new signing David Luiz were ineligible to play in Tuesday night’s 4-2 win at Sunderland.
“We have to test him tomorrow and the next day. If he has no problem, he can play,” Blues boss Ancelotti stated.
“But I think he has no problem because he played the last game with Liverpool and played well.”
Ancelotti added that he had no qualms about playing Torres alongside Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.
“I know very well that he is not a goalkeeper, he is not a defender, he is not a midfielder – he is a striker and he will play as a striker,” Ancelotti added.
“He doesn’t have a problem to play with Drogba or with another striker. Maybe we will have to play with two strikers together, but that’s not a problem. It doesn’t change a lot.
“Maybe with a diamond in midfield, our shape doesn’t change too much.”
Chelsea remain 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester United and Ancelotti admitted the gap will be difficult to close.
“It doesn’t depend on us because if Manchester United continue their run, it’s difficult to close the gap,” he added.