Norwich City v Chelsea: Match Preview

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Norwich City v Chelsea; Carrow Road; Barclays Premier League; Saturday 21 January 2012, 12:45

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Norwich boss Paul Lambert will be without the services of Ritchie De Laet, after his season-long loan spell at Carrow Road was cut short by parent club Manchester United.

The Canaries also have injury problems at the back, with reserve goalkeeper Declan Rudd ruled out with an ankle problem, meaning 19-year-old Jed Steer will deputise on the bench.

Meanwhile, January signing Gary Cahill is expected to start on the bench for Chelsea's trip to East Anglia, but Andre Villas-Boas will be able to call on the services of fit-again duo Branislav Ivanovic and Michael Essien.

However, John Obi Mikel remains sidelined while Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are away on African Cup of Nations duty.

Cahill vows not to peak too soon

Chelsea new boy Gary Cahill admits his form this season has been up and down, but says he is yet to reach his peak, and hopes to realise his full potential at Stamford Bridge.

The 26-year-old England international put pen to paper on a £7million switch from relegation strugglers Bolton Wanderers earlier this week, and is relishing the prospect of linking up with international captain John Terry at the heart of the Blues' defence.

"My form this season has been bit of a rollercoaster, but overall I've been pleased with the way I've been playing," said Cahill.

"For England I've been really pleased, whereas for Bolton it started dodgily before coming into my own over the last couple of months.

"By joining Chelsea from Bolton I'm jumping from one scale to another scale and hopefully having fantastic players around me will make my job easier."

Cahill realises that some of his performances for the Trotters this campaign have been below par, and part of the reason behind it has been the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.

But having completed his long-anticipated switch to west London, the defender is excited for what the future holds.

"I've come from a team that is under a lot of pressure and doesn't have too much of the ball, and I'm not being disrespectful," he added.

"With Chelsea you're in possession and on the front foot all the time. That will help me and you've seen that from me with England.

"It's great to be able to get on the ball and express yourself, whereas sometimes at Bolton we played a little bit more direct."

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