Chelsea coped just fine without its injured strikers.
The Premier League leaders romped to a 7-0 win over last-place Norwich on Saturday, with Mason Mount scoring a hat trick and the other goals spread around the team in the injury-enforced absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Reece James scored in the first half, before Ben Chilwell’s strike, an own-goal by Max Aarons and two more goals from Mount — one from the penalty spot — completed Chelsea’s biggest win of the season.
Norwich’s misery was compounded when center-back Ben Gibson was sent off for collecting a second yellow card in the 65th minute when the score was 5-0.
While the visitors remained without a win and on just two points on its return to the top flight, Chelsea will stay in first place for another week after coming into the ninth round holding a one-point lead.