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Aston Villa will be without on-loan left-back Ryan Bertrand when they face his parent club Chelsea on Saturday.

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.

Otherwise, Lambert has the same squad to pick from as he did last time out against Norwich, with the likes of Jores Okoré and Charles N’Zogbia on the long-term injury list.

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres could involved at Aston Villa as his groin injury was not as bad as was first feared.

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 and Ashley Cole remain out.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be keen for his team to take advantage of the fact they were not in Champions League action this week.

While Premier League title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal were preparing for tough trips to Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Mourinho was able to give his Chelsea players Sunday and Monday off.

But Villa should also be well rested as well, having not played since the morale-boosting 4-1 victory over Norwich on March 2.

Stat of the game: Chelsea have conceded just 22 goals, the fewest in the Premier League.

Aston Villa (Possible, 4-3-3): Guzan; Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Luna; El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann.
Out: Bertrand (ineligible), Herd (personal reasons), Kozak (broken leg), N’Zogbia (Achilles), Okoré (knee).

Chelsea (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azplicueta; Lampard, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o.
Out: Cole (knee), Luiz (groin), Van Ginkel (knee).
Test: Torres (groin).

Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 17, R3 Y43.

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