Carney Chukwuemeka will spend a number of weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Sunday.
However, he limped out of the match and Chelsea subsequently confirmed he needed surgery and will be out for around six weeks.
The untimely injury to Chukwuemeka could present an opportunity for Mykhailo Mudryk to get a run in the first team and get his confidence up.
Mudryk has had a difficult start to life at Chelsea following his £88million move from Shakhtar Donetsk in January.
He is yet to get a goal for the club and has come off the bench in the opening two Premier League games of the season.
Rangers legend Ally McCoist sees glimpses of talent in the 22-year-old and has urged patience from fans.
He told talkSPORT: “I think there’s a player in there. I think he’s one of these players that just needs, at the final split second, he just needs to show a bit of composure.
“He’s clearly lightning quick. The ball to the back post against West Ham and he completely miscues it.
“A confident player strikes it with his instep and keeps it down. He’s clearly lacking confidence, but I wouldn’t be ruling him out just yet.”
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