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Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd is out for two months after injuring his knee in training so third-choice Jed Steer comes into the squad as cover for John Ruddy.

Fullback Marc Tierney is back in training after recovering from a groin injury.

On-loan defender Ritchie De Laet returned to Manchester United in midweek while centre-forward James Vaughan and defender Elliott Ward (both knee) are back in training and continuing to progress.

Gary Cahill could make his Chelsea debut but is unlikely to start at Carrow Road.

The defender, who finally completed his £7million move from Bolton on Monday, may have to make do with a substitute role as he settles into his new surroundings.

Branislav Ivanovic could earn an immediate recall at right-back after a month out injured, the fit-again Michael Essien is in contention to start after making his comeback from the bench on Saturday, but the game comes too soon for John Obi Mikel (hamstring).

Norwich (from): Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Naughton, Johnson, Tierney, Fox, Pilkington, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Jackson, Holt, Steer, Drury, Bennett, Wilbraham, Tierney, Lappin, Barnett.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Essien, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, Torres, Sturridge, Lukaku, Turnbull.

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