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Striker Fernando Torres could return from a knee injury sooner than expected when Chelsea play Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, but Ashley Cole (ribs) and Andre Schurrle (leg) are out.

Torres, who was expected to be sidelined for three weeks and also served a suspension at Norwich, is back in contention, but left back Cole, who missed England’s recent matches, is set to be replaced by Ryan Bertrand.

Forward Schurrle is not fit despite performing well with Germany, while goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to make his 300th Chelsea appearance.

Striker Andreas Cornelius remains the only injury absentee as Cardiff look to move on from recent off-field events when facing Chelsea.

The Dane has been sidelined since the Capital One Cup win against Accrington in August, but manager Malky Mackay has made it clear he will not rush his return to action.

Mackay may again decide to choose Peter Odemwingie over Craig Bellamy in attack following the latter’s exertions during his final two appearances for Wales over the international break, while Jordon Mutch is in contention for a midfield berth.

Victory can put Chelsea top if both Arsenal and Liverpool fail to win. The Blues are unbeaten in five games in the past month, winning 10 of their past 11 at home. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, who received the dreaded vote of confidence from his board last week, led his side to victory in west London by winning at Fulham last month. But it will be much tougher in this first top flight meeting with Chelsea for 52 years.

Stat of the game: 100 Chelsea are the only remaining team with a 100 per cent success rate at home with three wins out of three.

Chelsea (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Mata, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard; Oscar; Ba.
Out: Schurrle (leg), Cole (ribs), Van Ginkel (knee).
Test: Torres (knee).

Cardiff (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Marshall; Théophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel; Odemwingie, Gunnarson, Whittingham, Kim; Campbell.
Out: Cornelius (foot).

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Matches 4, R1 Y17).

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