Fernando Torres could be included in Chelsea's squad for Saturday's match at Aston Villa as his groin injury was not as bad as was first feared.
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The striker withdrew from the starting XI following the warm-up prior to the 4-0 defeat of Tottenham, but could play at Villa Park or be saved for next Tuesday's Champions League contest with Galatasaray.
Defenders David Luiz (groin) and Ashley Cole (knee) remain out.
Aston Villa will be without on-loan left-back Ryan Bertrand when they face his parent club.
The 24-year-old's ineligibility opens the door to Joe Bennett or Antonio Luna, who are competing for his spot in Paul Lambert's XI.
Lambert otherwise has the same squad to pick from as he did last time out against Norwich, with the likes of Jores Okore and Charles N'Zogbia on the long-term injury list.
Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Steer, Clark, Baker, Luna, Vlaar, Bennett, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Holt, Tonev, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Matic, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, Kalas.