Blackburn v Chelsea preview

Chelsea will once again be without Frank Lampard. It had been hoped

that Lampard would return to training this week after missing the

last 10 games but the England midfielder will instead step up his

rehabilitation from a hernia injury next week with a view to him

playing some part in next weekend’s match at Liverpool. Alex will

start tomorrow’s match after missing last week’s win over Wolves

with a thigh injury but Ramires (ankle) and Yossi Benayoun

(Achilles) remain sidelined. Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen are

set to return to the centre of the Blackburn defence for the battle

with the leaders. Samba will come back in to the side after missing

last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield through suspension.

Nelsen, who has been missing with a thigh injury, trained with the

squad yesterday and will return provided he suffers no adverse

reaction. Jason Roberts is also back in full training, but

midfielders Steven Nzonzi and Vince Grella are out with hamstring

and groin injuries respectively. Blackburn (from): Robinson,

Nelsen, Samba, Salgado, Jones, Givet, Olsson, Pedersen, Dunn,

Emerton, EH Diouf, MB Diouf, Kalinic, Benjani, Roberts, Chimbonda,

Hoilett, Linganzi. Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Ivanovic,

Bosingwa, Ferreira, Cole, Terry, Zhirkov, Essien, Obi, McEachran,

Kakuta, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba, Kalou, Bruma, Mellis, Borini, Van

Aanholt, Sturridge.