Chelsea?s Baba Rahman during the UEFA Champions League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 16, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit for should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Chelsea defender Baba Rahman is in line to finally make his Premier League debut after Branislav Ivanovic was ruled out for three weeks.
Ivanovic, 31, limped out of Serbia?s 2-0 win over rivals Albania last week with a hamstring problem and The Sun claim the out-of-form defender is set to miss nearly a month.
Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to revert to right-back in his absence at home to Aston Villa on Saturday allowing summer signing Rahman to come in on the opposite flank.
Chelsea signed left-back Rahman, 21, from German club Augsburg for a potential ?21m fee but he has made just two appearances and is yet to feature in the league.
Jose Mourinho revealed he was easing Rahman in because he arrived late in the transfer window and for tactical reasons.
The Blues boss said: ?Look, because Baba Rahman arrived in the last day, because he doesn?t know what it is to play in this kind of championship.
?He had no pre-season with us. He needs time to learn, he needs time to adapt.
?At the same time, every team, except Maccabi Tel Aviv, is a team of giants. And if you don?t have a minimum of five tall players good in the air, you are dead in set-pieces.
?When I play Azpilicueta on the right and Baba Rahman on the left and I don?t play Ivanovic, I have only three, not even four. So we have to think about all the details. And I think about all the details.?