Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi could find himself filling in as a central defender against Liverpool next weekend, following the injury to captain John Terry.
Although David Luiz is most likely to start in defence alongside Gary Gahill there’s every possibility that Mikel could sit on the bench as the reserve central defender and, possibly play some part in the game from same role depending on the situation of the game.
Although there are different options available to the manager if the need arises. Conte will no doubt have Mikel at the back of his mind as one of his alternatives.
Mikel is not new to playing in central defence for Chelsea. Last season he filled in admirably well for 45 minutes against Swansea City alongside Branisalv Ivanovic to help the Blues grind out a 1-0 win.
In the game against Swansea, Matt Miazga was struggling to cope with the threat of the forward line of the Swans, forcing interim manager Guus Hiddink to replace him with Brazilian teen Kennedy, while Mikel moved to central defence as part of a back four consisting of Ivanovic, Baba Rahman and Cesar Azpilicueta.