Jose Mourinho has only the one major selection issue to contend with, ahead of their International Champions Cup game with Fiorentina tonight.

Mourinho admitted that Diego Costa is an injury doubt ahead of our Premier League opener with Swansea, and thus it must be assumed he will be spared in our final pre-season fixture.

It has already been confirmed that Falcao will start, and with the season starting in just 3 days time, Mourinho may opt for a side containing more youth and fringe players.

This may mean starts for new signings Asmir Begovic and Kenedy, the latter of which impressed in our other ICC fixture with Barcelona.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Bert Traoré may all be expecting to start in a last bid to impress the boss before he decides upon his first starting 11 of the season.

For Fiorentina however, Serie A does not start for another two and a half weeks and as such the current La Viola gaffer – former Swansea boss Paulo Sousa – may opt for a starting 11 closer to full strength.

This could mean a debut for former Roma centre back Davide Astori, and fellow new boys Mario Suarez and Gilberto could also feature.

We have never faced Fiorentina in any competition before, however there will be several faces that have previously graced the Premier League.

Former West Brom midfielder Borja Valero, ex-Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi and former Bolton and Sunderland full back Marcos Alonso are all part of the side that have travelled to Stamford Bridge.

Given time, we might even be able to add our own Mo Salah to that list, who of course went on loan to the Florence side last season, and has become the centre of a protracted tug of war between Fiorentina and other Italian teams – Roma are considered front runners for the signature of our Egyptian international.

After our performance against Arsenal in the Community Shield, fans in attendance tonight will be hoping for a better showing in front of goal against the side that finished 4th in Serie A, but ultimately all Mourinho and his squad will be hoping for is to get through 90 minutes without any new injury concerns in what is a very ill-timed friendly.

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