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Captain John Terry is available to return but David Luiz is out of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday.

Terry has missed three games with a gluteal muscular strain and now Luiz is absent as a precaution with a similar concern near his hip.

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel is continuing his rehabilitation from his serious knee injury.

Meanwhile, Steven Naismith has been given the all-clear to play for Everton.

The Scot was substituted during last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Swansea after taking a bang to the head but has shown no ill effects.

On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has recovered from an ankle problem but is ineligible against his parent club and joins long-term absentees Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Aroune Koné on the sidelines.

The two clubs endured contrasting FA Cup fortunes last week and, should Chelsea drop further points on Saturday after their draw against West Brom, this would constitute a blip.

Managing the demands of a Champions League trip to Istanbul next week will also be on Jose Mourinho’s mind.

Roberto Martínez still has his sights on finishing fourth following the recent narrow defeat to Tottenham and will believe that his team can successfully take the game to Chelsea even at Stamford Bridge.

Stat of the game: Everton have not won in the league at Stamford Bridge for 20 years and 18 games, going back to November 1994.

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

Everton (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar; Naismith.
Out: Gibson, Koné (both knee), Lukaku (ineligible), Oviedo (broken leg).

Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 11, R2 Y13.

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