Champions League clash between Chelsea and Maribor due to a foot injury.
At a press conference yesterday,Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stated that Mikel sustained the injury while away on international duty.
“Mikel made a big effort to be available for the weekend. He came back from the national team with a foot problem. He can’t play tomorrow (today).
Also ruled out of the Maribor clash are the trio of Diego Costa, Ramirez and Andre Schurrle.
Ramires and Andre Schurrle were part of the group which trained at Cobham on Monday but the match will come too soon for them to be involved.
The Brazilian has been out since limping off during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City last month with a muscle injury, and remained at the training ground during the recent international break.
Schurrle sat out the Blues’ weekend win at Crystal Palace. The German missed his national team’s European Championship qualifier against Republic of Ireland last week through illness.
In the absence of Diego Costa, Dominic Solanke, 17, was named on the bench at the weekend and will again be among the subs for tonight’s game.