Chelsea have a Carabao Cup fourth round meeting with Derby County at Stamford Bridge slated for October 31.
Derby who are managed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard defeated Manchester United in the third round to get to this stage of the competition.
Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have made a big impact since joining Derby on a season-long loan and helped defeat Manchester United in September.
Lampard had asked Chelsea’s permission to play Mount and Tomori ahead of a return to Stamford Bridge with Derby in the Carabao Cup at the end of the month.
Derby needed Chelsea’s consent to field the duo, and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard had hoped his request will be granted. But it was at first reported that Lampard’s request had been denied, but Chelsea have now released a statement that the club has granted Derby County’s request to use Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount for the Carabao Cup fourth round tie on the 31st of this month.
The statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has today granted Derby County permission to select loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori for next week’s Carabao Cup fourth-round fixture.
“Unlike in the Premier League, EFL Cup rules allow for clubs in the competition to make such agreements for players to appear against their parent clubs.
“Mount and Tomori have been regulars for the Rams under Frank Lampard this season, and, after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the previous round, we believe the experience of facing top-level opposition once more will be of benefit to their on-going development at Derby.”
Chelsea fans will be pleased to see the duo live in action, but the Blues faithful will be expecting a victory all the same.