Drinkwater hasn't featured since coming off the bench in the Community Shield against Manchester City as his struggles since a £35 million move from Leicester City under Antonio Conte have continued this season.
Chelsea Manager, Mauricio Sarri has told former Nigerian worldwide, Victor Moses that he is not in his plans and therefore should be ready to leave.
January offers a chance for Chelsea to bolster their defensive options but Sarri, who has previously described the transfer market as "the refuge of the weak", is determined to find solutions on the training pitch.
"I told him two months ago what I think".
When asked if they still have Chelsea futures, Sarri said: "I don't know".
"If you look only in the Premier League the situation is that, you are right [only used 19 players] but I have to look at all competitions: 90 minutes are 90 minutes".
Los Blancos have not been impressive this season in all competition which also made the club to sack their former coach. 'It depends on him and the club.
"We need to improve, I think, covering the ball in the other half. At the moment it was done between the Europa League, the League Cup and the Premier League, but maybe in the future it will be different". "Of course if you look to December, January, you'll need to change also for the Premier League, because there will be matches every three days". "We have technical quality so we can be risky in the offensive phase and we can win matches without a very high level of tactical organisation; for that I am lucky".
The visitors are sweating over the fitness of star player Wilfried Zaha, who missed the Carabao Cup defeat to Middlesbrough due to a shoulder injury he picked up against Arsenal last weekend. However, he did send a message to his club's loan group of 40 players that being on loan is better, if you haven't built up enough experience.
'He has improved but needs to improve more from the tactical point of view.