Another international break is upon us again and that will bring one of two emotions for most - either excitement to watch nations battle it out, or dread at the thought of no club football for two weeks.
However, for Chelsea fans there is still a way to maintain the connection to the West London side, through the medium of looking out for members of the squad representing their country in this brief hiatus.
There is no shortage of players to keep in mind from Thomas Tuchel’s team, what with the sheer quality on display throughout the starting eleven, and here we’ll run you through the most exciting ones to keep an eye out for.
So, without further ado, here are four Chelsea stars to watch on international duty, while the Premier League is away…
#1: Romelu Lukaku
The first of the four is perhaps arguably the most-talked about player in the Blues’ squad currently, predominantly due to the fact he was the only major signing of the summer, coming from Inter Milan.
That player is none other than Romelu Lukaku, who will be joining up with the Belgian squad as his country takes part in only the second-ever UEFA Nations League, being hosted in Italy for this year.
He will first be leading the line of Roberto Martinez’s squad against France, on Thursday 7th October, though one teammate he won’t come up against is N’Golo Kante, due to the latter still isolating following a positive Covid-19 test.
Should Lukaku’s side win their semi-final tie, they will go on to face one of Italy or Spain, depending on who comes out on top in that game (more on that slightly later), otherwise playing in the dreaded third place play off.
After starting brightly for his club but seeing the goals slightly trail off in the past couple of weeks, Chelsea fans will hope he can reignite his goalscoring form while competing for his country, and bring it back to London.
#2: Ben Chilwell
Another player to focus on during this lack of club football is English left back Ben Chilwell, who has been awarded a place in the squad following the withdrawal of teammate Reece James as he continues to recover from an injury.
He hasn’t featured a huge amount for his club this season, though did play a starring role in the most recent game - a victory over Southampton - in which he both gave away a penalty, and also scored the third in a pulsating game.
Congratulations on your England call-up, @BenChilwell! 👊— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 4, 2021
While he was part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020, he didn’t feature once on the pitch - something not helped by his enforced isolation midway through the group stage after Billy Gilmour tested positive for Covid-19.
Therefore, with two fixtures for the Three Lions in this break, both of which help towards World Cup qualification, it will be interesting to see if Southgate brings him back into the side after a prolonged absence.
When you’re the UEFA Player of the Year, you’re inevitably going to attract some attention, and that’s exactly what has happened to Chelsea’s midfield maestro in Jorginho over the course of the summer.
After winning both the Champions League and Euro 2020 this year, there are few others in the world right now who can claim to be more at the top of their game than the 29-year-old, who has another chance to lift a trophy within the next seven days.
That’s because his country is, like Romelu Lukaku’s Belgium, competing in the Nations League, though it’s Spain who are the opponents for Roberto Mancini’s squad, in a rematch of the Euro 2020 semi final.
In that game it took penalties to separate the sides following a 1-1 draw in normal time which wasn’t altered during extra time, leading to the aforementioned Jorginho scoring the winning spot kick for his country.
Whether he can enact the same punishment onto his Spanish opponents once again remains to be seen, but he’s certainly a player to watch while there are no games at Stamford Bridge.
#4: Thiago Silva
To finish up this four-man watchlist for the next ten days, we’ll hop across the globe all the way to South America, and more specifically Brazil, where we’ll hope to find Chelsea’s stalwart centre back Thiago Silva.
Now at 37 years old, the defender is showing no signs of slowing down for either club or country, though he will appreciate being able to fly out to his native Brazil following the confusion in the previous international break.
Owing to various travel restrictions, he was unable to join up with Tite’s squad in September, but now that exemptions have been agreed, he will be able to play up to three games: two away, to Venezuela and Colombia, and one at home to Uruguay.
All three will go towards their country’s bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, which they already look in pole position to do as they are top of their group, even with a game in hand yet to be played.
The only slight downside is that he’ll be unavailable for Chelsea’s first game back after this short interruption - a Premier League clash away to local rivals Brentford - though by that point many fans will simply be thankful the Blues are back in action.
There are of course plenty of other Blues' players away representing their countries currently, so should you wish to follow any other members of Tuchel's team, there's a full list below.
Edouard Mendy - Senegal
Antonio Rudiger - Germany
Marcos Alonso - Spain
Andreas Christensen - Denmark
Thiago Silva - Brazil
Ben Chilwell - England
Cesar Azpilicueta - Spain
Ethan Ampadu - Wales (On Loan at Venezia)
Emerson - Italy (On Loan at Lyon)
Baba Rahman - Ghana (On Loan at Reading)
Jorginho - Italy
Mateo Kovacic - Croatia
Mason Mount - England
Billy Gilmour - Scotland (On Loan at Norwich City)
Romelu Lukaku - Belgium
Timo Werner - Germany
Kai Havertz - Germany
Armando Broja - Albania (On Loan at Besiktas)
Michy Batshuayi - Belgium (On Loan at Besiktas)