Chelsea’s prep for Sunday’s clash at West Ham has been disrupted after the Blues were forced to delay their return from Greece. Maurizio Sarri’s side had planned to fly out straight after Thursday’s 1-0 win at PAOK in the Europa League.
But adverse weather conditions in the UK saw Chelsea postpone their return flight until Friday morning.
Chelsea have five wins from five Premier League games ahead of the London derby at the London Stadium.
Head coach Sarri hinted at his frustration over the proximity of Sunday’s fixture – and that was before the flight delay emerged.
“We have to play again in 63 hours, on Sunday morning,” Sarri said after the game in Thessaloniki.
Eden Hazard and David Luiz were rested for the trip and so are unaffected by the flight delay, while Sarri made five changes for the Europa League Group L win, rotating his options ahead of a busy period.
Winger Pedro could be rested for the West Ham game after he suffered a shoulder injury in stoppage-time in Thessaloniki.
However, the Spain wideman tweeted to say “everything’s ok despite the incident at the end of the game”.