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Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti miss out for through suspension for Chelsea after being sent off in the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City last weekend.
Ricardo Carvalho faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury sustained on international duty, while Jose Bosingwa has been ruled out for the season.
Stoke are without Ryan Shawcross, who begins a three-match ban after his much publicised sending off against Arsenal.
Danny Higginbotham (back) and Matthew Etherington (knee) face late tests.