Chelsea could ask Tammy Abraham to play through the pain barrier if they do not manage to sign a new striker before their game against Leicester on Saturday.
Abraham picked up an ankle injury during the Blues' 2-2 draw against London rivals Arsenal which forced him out of his side's FA Cup win over Hull City last weekend. The 22-year-old has been in terrific form this season, top scoring for Frank Lampard's side with 15 goals in all competitions.
The club are monitoring the England international's fitness ahead of the Blues' important fixture against the second-placed Foxes, and the Telegraph have reported that he will be asked to play through his injury if the club do not manage to recruit another striker before the transfer deadline.
After the fixture, Chelsea have a 16-day break for Abraham to recover fully and they are therefore willing to risk a setback to the striker's fitness.
Chelsea remain very keen to recruit offensive reinforcements this month, particularly with Olivier Giroud's move to Inter close to being confirmed - though Spurs have also been offered a last gasp chance to sign the Frenchman.
Krzysztof Piątek, Moussa Dembele and Luka Jovic have all been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge but none of these deals appear close to being completed with time swiftly running out for Lampard to bolster his squad.