• Barclays Prem
  • 19 Oct 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Stamford Bridge
Home team Score Away team

Chelsea

4-1

Cardiff City

Eden Hazard 33, 82
Samuel Eto'o 66
Oscar 78
Jordon Mutch 10

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Friday 18th October 2013 11:43

Ashley Cole: Struggling with a rib injury

Ashley Cole: Struggling with a rib injury

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is expected to miss the visit of Cardiff as he struggles to recover from a rib injury.

Cole was forced him to miss England's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland with the problem and he is unlikely to recover in time.

Ryan Bertrand is standing by to replace Cole at left-back unless Jose Mourinho decides to shuffle his defensive options.

Fernando Torres has been passed fit to play after recovering from a knee injury against Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League earlier this month.

Andre Schurrle has been ruled out after picking up a knock on international duty with Germany.

Demba Ba will be hoping to keep his place in attack after impressing in the win last time out against Norwich, while Eden Hazard and Willian are pushing for starts after coming off the bench to score at Carrow Road.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay hase no fresh injury worries to contend with ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Summer signing Andreas Cornelius remains the only long-term absentee for the Bluebirds with an ankle injury.

Jordan Mutch is pushing for a place in the starting XI following his impressive showing off the bench against Newcastle last time out.

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