John Terry will continue his absence from Chelsea's starting line-up after being ruled out of the Capital One Cup clash with Leeds.
The club captain has been sidelined since damaging knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on November 11.
He stayed at home while the Blues were in Japan contesting the Club World Cup and it had been hoped he would return for Wednesday's quarter-final clash at Elland Road.
But manager Rafa Benitez, who is facing a frosty meeting with nemesis Neil Warnock on the touchline, said: "John Terry will not be involved. One day he is fine then it is worse. We will have to wait and see. The knee is going well and we are getting closer."
When asked if would shake Warnock's hand before the match, the Spanish boss said: "I am a professional and don't try to get involved in anything. I will do my job. The league is about 38 games - not just one game.
"I am professional and don't have any problem. There are a lot of people watching us and we have to behave."