African trio fine to face Fulham

Carlo Ancelotti had expected to be without all three for the

Premier League clash against the Cottagers at Stamford Bridge as

they prepare for the impending African Nations Cup, but the Blues

have managed to secure an agreement with their national teams to

delay their departures until Tuesday. Chelsea will still be without

Nicolas Anelka (muscular), Michael Essien (hamstring) and Jose

Bosingwa (knee) while Florent Malouda serves a one-game ban. Blues

(from): Cech, Hilario, Turnbull, Ivanovic, Belletti, Alex,

Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, Lampard, Ballack, Mikel, J Cole, Zhirkov,

Drogba, Kalou, Kakuta, Bruma, Borini, Sturridge, Matic.