Chelsea have a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday, where they hope their transfer ban will be reduced to allow signings in the upcoming January window. However, they may be forced to wait for a decision to be made.
The Blues were banned from making signings in the summer and in January after they were found to have breached numerous transfer rules and regulations relating to minors.
It has recently been revealed that the west London side were found to have broken 150 rules in relations to the signing of young players. However, despite these infractions, Chelsea are said to be 'confident' that the ban will be lifted before the winter window opens, with manager Frank Lampard hoping to bolster his squad ahead of the second half of the season.
The Times report that the Blues will go to court for their hearing on Wednesday and will argue that the club should have been given the same chance as fellow Premier League side Manchester City were handed for their situation regarding the transfers of minors.
The Citizens accepted a £315,000 fine in August for breaching rules, but the Blues were not given this opportunity as this code was not in place at the time of the offence.
The report goes on to state that any plans for the January window will have 'to be put on hold until late December,' as a decision may not be made before this point.
Barcelona attempted to appeal against a similar ban back in 2014, but they were made to wait until two days before the window opened. The Times provide another case, this time Real Madrid in 2016, with a decision once again not being made until late on.
The Blues have been tipped to pursue a new centre-back, a winger and a striker once the ban is lifted, but the latest developments regarding their appeal will come as a blow in their preparations.
Nonetheless, Lampard's youngsters have been in sensational form so far this season and are currently sat third in the table, one point above defending champions Manchester City.