Guus Hiddink has confirmed, captain John Terry will be unavailable for the clash against Southampton due to a hamstring injury.
Terry sustained the injury in the 5-1 whooping of Newcastle and was absent for the loss to PSG and the win over Manchester City.
Hiddink has also downplayed hope of Terry returning for Tuesday’s game with Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The Dutchman told reporters at Friday’s news conference: “John Terry won’t be fit, he is still undergoing treatment. Every now and then he goes in the gym and does his exercises but he is not fit.
“We need to be careful with him and this type of injury.
“When you have something in the hamstring you think as a player or a manager that it appears to be good but you must be careful and I am in favour of waiting even when everyone – including the player – says he is fit. I [prefer to] leave it three days more.
“We have Norwich on Tuesday and we will see if he is available for Stoke next weekend.”
Hiddink also confirmed striker Radamel Falcao remains an absentee while Alexandre Pato, a January loan signing from Corinthians, is not fit enough to be considered for first-team duty.
“Pato is now getting the sharpness to be competitive but we have three strikers available,” Hiddink added.