Rafael Benitez looks set to be without Chelsea captain John Terry again for the Blues' Boxing Day clash with Norwich.
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Terry is still suffering inflammation on his knee following surgery and is unlikely to be fit for the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road.
Ryan Bertrand also remains a doubt after he was forced off in Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leeds and was not included in Sunday's line-up for the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa.
Grant Holt is back in training after overcoming a hamstring injury and is set for a return to the Norwich side.
But City will be without defender Steven Whittaker, who suffered a recurrence of a hip injury when the Canaries' 10-match unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League was ended at West Brom on Saturday.
Russell Martin is in line to replace Whittaker at the back while Holt is expected to return up front in place of Steve Morison.
Ryan Bennett is also back in training and manager Chris Hughton is positive about his chances of featuring against either Chelsea or Manchester City on December 29.
Norwich (from): Bunn, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt, Rudd, Morison, Martin, Jackson, Barnett, E Bennett, Howson, Kane, R Bennett.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Sturridge, Turnbull.