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Sunderland defender John O’Shea has handed manager Gus Poyet a major boost by training ahead of Wednesday night’s tough Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The Republic of Ireland international ended Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa with a groin problem, but appears to have recovered and is in line to retain his place.

However, keeper Keiren Westwood and defender Carlos Cuéllar remain on the injured list and will not be involved once again.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be without Brazilian duo David Luiz and Oscar at Sunderland on Wednesday.

Luiz is still struggling with a knee injury while Oscar was forced off in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Southampton with an ankle problem, although Mourinho is not expecting either player to be missing for too long.

Samuel Eto’o is back in contention following his groin injury with midfielder Marco van Ginkel the only long-term absentee.

Chelsea are showing a head of steam in the Premier League at the right time and will relish the chance to make amends for their last trip to the north east.

On that occasion they lost 2-0 at Newcastle but since then they have taken six points from three games.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet spent three years as a player at Chelsea, having arrived in England from Real Zaragoza, but the Uruguayan knows that if his side cannot score against Aston Villa, they struggle to beat his old club.

Stat of the game: Chelsea have won 16 of their 17 Premier League games against Sunderland.

Sunderland (Possible, 4-1-3-2): Mannone; Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Dossena; Ki; Giaccherini, Larsson, Gardner; Borini, Fletcher.
Out: Cuéllar (hip), Westwood (shoulder).
Test: O’Shea (groin).

Chelsea (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Lampard, Ramires; Willian, Mata, Hazard; Torres.
Out: Kalas (leg), Van Ginkel (knee), Luiz (knee), Oscar (ankle).
Test: Eto’o (groin).

Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 10, R0 Y42.

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