Chelsea have taken maximum points from the opening four Group L matches and can now ease their foot off the gas with qualification to the next stage secure.
Since the previous Europa League meeting at Stamford Bridge, BATE have been fairly busy domestically, wrapping up the Belarusian Premier League with three games to spare, now sitting 14 points clear of FK Shakhtyor in second.
'We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing.
"From our doctor, there is no risk [to select him]", Sarri said.
Chelsea fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration after the Blues endured a hard first-half against BATE Borisov in Belarus.More news: Officials order evacuations as Camp Fire threatens Northern California
Predicted Home XI: Shcherbitski; Poljakov, Filipenko, Milunovic, Filipovic; Baga, Yablonski, Dragun; Ivanic, Tuominen, Stasevich.
Chelsea went straight onto the front foot after the restart - presumably after some stern words from Sarri - and the visitors found the breakthrough in the 52nd minute as Giroud directed a glancing header inside the near post after meeting Emerson's cross from the left flank.
Loftus-Cheek has been earning praise for the solid performances he has produced when called upon by new Chelsea FC boss Sarri this season.
Chelsea would have liked to score another, but instead it was BATE pressing late on.
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Key Stat: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (four) has scored as many goals this season than he has in all other seasons in senior football combined.
18+ only. Ts&Cs apply. He was due to play but picked up an injury, which the Blues manager also revealed ahead of the game.
Sarri was asked what the best aspect of the match was for him and he replied: "The result, I think".
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