Big-name pair were left out of Saturday’s top-flight encounter with Fulham.
Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho is set to hand immediate first-team recalls to both midfield player Juan Mata and defender David Luiz for the club’s Capital One Cup third-round clash with Swindon Town on Tuesday night, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The duo were surprisingly dropped by the self-styled ‘Special One’ for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge, a fixture that the Blues won 2-0 to briefly move back to the top-slight summit, if only for a day.
In fact, much to many people’s general surprise, neither player was even on the substitutes’ bench against the Cottagers after both men had featured in last Wednesday’s shock 2-1 loss to Swiss champions FC Basel at Stamford Bridge in the group stage of the Uefa Champions League.
However, the Portuguese has since confirmed that he will use the west London club’s trip to the County Ground on Tuesday in order to give much-needed run-outs to a number of first-team players who have barely featured so far in the new campaign.
And that means that Brazil international Luiz and Spain international Mata should feature right from the start against the mid-table League One side.
“You continue to change (the team) when you play Basel, then Fulham, then Swindon. It’s normal,” said Mourinho.
“Against Swindon it will probably be good to play with some of these boys to give them confidence if we play well.
“But it is the type of game that can betray you. It can give you confidence or take your confidence.
“If we play well there it will be a good game to play for these boys.
“Naturally I have to make some changes and wait for some players to say: ‘I am you first choice’.
“Some of the others, when they don’t have strong effective performances, it’s normal we have some doubts. This is the process.”