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Burnley v Chelsea, Sat 30 Jan 2010

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New signings Leon Cort and Nicky Weaver will be included in Burnley's squad to face Chelsea at Turf Moor.

Andre Bikey will also be included along with keeper Weaver and central defender Cort.

Graham Alexander is struggling with a calf strain but Chris McCann is hopeful of shaking off a knock on his knee.




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Nicky Weaver intends to seize his chance of Premier League resurrection with both hands knowing he has a dead man to thank for the fact he is still playing.

Weaver, a former England Under-21 international keeper who at one time was viewed as the long-term successor to David Seaman in the senior national side, has signed for Burnley after his contract with Dundee United came to an end.

It represents a return to a league he last played in three years ago when Stuart Pearce was manager of Manchester City, and when he had only just recovered from a serious knee injury that was cured by having the cartilage of a dead man implanted.

The memories of that injury and the pain of the long recovery process have made Weaver, still only 30, all the more determined to seize his latest chance - and he may be called into action as soon as tomorrow when Chelsea visit Turf Moor.

Weaver said: "It's up to me to take it and prove I can still do it at the highest level.

"Everyone wants to play as high they possibly can and it's up to me to get into the team and take my chance.

"I'm more experienced now, I class myself as a decent age for a keeper and hopefully I've many years left in the game still.

"I've also learned from my injuries in the past not to take anything for granted."

Chelsea will be without Ivory Coast strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

The pair have returned from the African Nations Cup but will not be considered for first-team duties until Chelsea visit Hull on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Michael Essien is out with a knee injury along with Juliano Belletti but coach Carlo Ancelotti has no fresh injury worries.

Chelsea go into the game one point clear of United with a game in hand, and Ancelotti added: "Our job is to win and play well tomorrow and then we can watch a fantastic game between Manchester United and Arsenal.

"I am focused. If we are able to win, any result between United and Arsenal is good for us.

"But the Arsenal game is not a decisive match in terms of the title because there are a lot of games until the end of the season.

"We could be in a very good position if we win our next two games. It won't be easy though because Burnley and Hull are teams involved in the bottom of the table, so they will put strong pressure and determination into the game.

"So we have to pay attention. We played very well at home against Birmingham and Sunderland and we want to do the same away.

"Now we have more possibilities. We have one more point over Manchester United but we must respect the other teams. To be favourites for the title now is not important."

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