Swansea City v Chelsea;
Barclays Premier League;
Tuesday, January 31 2012. KO: 1945
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of the trip to Wales because of a knee injury, whereas Frank Lampard will be absent due to the calf injury he picked up in the draw with Norwich.
Ramires is out for the next four weeks due to knee ligament damage, while John Obi Mikel is also missing but because of a hamstring strain. Injuries could mean a debut for new signing Gary Cahill.
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers could be ready to hand Alan Tate his first appearance since he broke his leg in a bizarre golf buggy accident in August.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran is not able to play due to the conditions of the agreement with Chelsea.
AVB: Torres will come good
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated his belief that Fernando Torres is getting back to his best.
The Spaniard is expected to line up against Swansea City tonight, which is significant because the last time he score din the league the Welsh sode were the opponents in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
That was as far back as September but Villas-Boas is not about to panic and believes Torres will eventually end his goal drought, as long as he keeps doing what he is doing.
“He is producing for the others and I think he is confident. And for the kind of effort he is doing, eventually he will be repaid,” he told the official Chelsea website.
“We are seeing a player growing up in terms of form and we are eventually expecting goals from it and goals will come back.”
Torres once again failed to find the net in the fourth round FA Cup tie against QPR, but Villas-Boas put that more down to the team as a whole.
The Portuguese thought the second half performance of his side was much improved, as was Torres.
“The first half against QPR we were a little bit one-paced in terms of our possession and so Torres touched the ball but not in the right areas,” he added.
“In the second half he was much more involved in the game, coming short and laying off the ball and making good movements.”
Chelsea will have the chance to go eight points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal behind them.
This is not likely to be an easy task, however, as Swansea have only suffered a single defeat at home this season and Arsenal are the only opponents to score more than one goal at the Liberty Stadium.