Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could welcome back Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner for Saturday’s visit of Birmingham. (kick-off 15.00 BST)
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Walcott has been out since September when he suffered an ankle injury during England’s win in Switzerland, while a groin problem has kept Bendtner sidelined.
Bacary Sagna (thigh) and Kieran Gibbs (calf) both return from injury, but skipper Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain absent.
Former Gunner Alexander Hleb is fit enough to feature for Birmingham despite missing Belarus’ recent Euro 2012 qualifiers with an ankle injury.
Knee injuries rule out James McFadden and Jean Beausejour, while Cameron Jerome (ankle) is a doubt.
Last Premier League games:
Chelsea 2 ARSENAL 0: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clicky, Diaby (Rosicky 70), Nasri, Wilshere (Emmanuel-Thomas 81), Song, Arshavin (Vela 87), Chamakh. Not used: Szczesny, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue.
BIRMINGHAM 0 Everton 2: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey (Zigic 70), Hleb, Jerome (Derbyshire 80). Not used: Taylor, Murphy, Phillips, Michel, Jiranek.