• Barclays Prem
  • 26 Dec 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Stamford Bridge
Home team Score Away team

Chelsea

1-0

Swansea City

Eden Hazard 29

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Tuesday 24th December 2013 11:21

Ashley Cole: Could start for Chelsea

Ashley Cole: Could start for Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his options for the Boxing Day encounter with Swansea at Stamford Bridge, meaning Ashley Cole could start at left-back.

With the Blues facing Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, Mourinho may opt to withdraw the likes of captain John Terry, who has played every league game this season, from the first line of battle.

Michael Essien is available after missing the Arsenal draw through suspension, while his fellow midfielder Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Swansea will be missing Michu after the Spanish forward was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

Defender Chico Flores returned from injury in Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Everton, while Leon Britton was on the bench following an ankle problem.

Alvaro Vazquez returned from a groin injury to feature as a substitute against Everton, but Michel Vorm (knee) and Nathan Dyer (ankle) are long-term absentees.

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