Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could be named on the bench. The Argentine has not played since September due to his infamous dispute with the club but has now been back in training for five weeks. City have central defensive problems with Joleon Lescott (groin) out and Vincent Kompany (calf) very doubtful but right-back Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring) and midfielder Gareth Barry (back) are fit.
Chelsea skipper John Terry misses out as he feels the strain after recovering quickly from knee surgery. David Luiz or Branislav Ivanovic will partner Gary Cahill at centre-back, with on or the other likely to play right-back. The only other absence is young midfielder Oriol Romeu.
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