Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins admits that his club will struggle to cope in the New Year if they are unable to win their appeal against a FIFA transfer ban.
The Blues face losing a number of key players to the African Cup of Nations and will be unable to bring in any replacements, unless they can succeed with an approach to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Wilkins stated:"If you look at the four we will lose and you take the equivalent four out of any team in the country, then you are naturally concerned.
"We would not suggest for one minute we are not concerned, because they are top quality footballers – and we are going to be missing those guys.
"It would be very pleasant to be able to bring people in – because we lose some influential players in Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel – but we have a squad here that is more than capable of coping with that situation.
"We are going to lose some massive footballers, but that is life. We knew the African Cup of Nations was coming around and we will have to deal with it.
"I am sure Carlo has got a few names out there he would like to bring in, but until the situation is resolved, we will just have to crack on.
"If the ban is lifted, then all well and good."