Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he will not rest Jorginho as his side are not yet ready for the tactical change that his absence from the team would require.
The Italy international has missed just one of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season and has played 25 times in all competitions thus far.
His role on the pitch will require him more now that Cesc Fabregas, his only alternative in the squad has left for Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.
Meanwhile, The Blues are reportedly pursuing Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes in a bid to provide an alternative to Jorginho. However, the Italy international will continue in his key role in all major games till an alternative is signed.
“We are not ready to change at the moment,” Sarri said.
“I can change when we are at 100 per cent in what I want to see. If [using] a 4-3-3 we are at the top, we can try to change. But not at the moment.
“It’s very difficult to say a percentage but, in England, it’s very difficult to arrive at the top because this one was the first week without three matches since August.
“So, for the first time in the last four months, we had time to try to improve. So it’s not easy in this situation to improve a lot in such little time.
“Jorginho has played with me for four seasons. It’s very difficult for him to improve more. He played very well for 20 matches, I think.
“Now, maybe, in the last two matches he was a little bit tired. He moved the ball a little bit slowly than before. But I think that it’s normal.
“You cannot stay at the top for 60 matches, so it’s normal to have a different period, a period when you are not so lucid as usual. But it’s not a big problem. Of course, it’s the reason I said we needed a replacement for Cesc.”