Chelsea hopeful defender Gary Cahill recovers from ankle injury

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Chelsea are hoping Gary Cahill recovers from injury in time for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Cahill has an ankle problem and is a minor doubt for the London derby, but interim-manager Guus Hiddink expects him to be given the all clear to face the fifth-place Eagles.

"Gary Cahill didn't train on Wednesday, which means he has a little problem," Hiddink said.

"He has an ankle injury - some ligaments are a bit tight - but we have several days to go, so I'm not negative about him."

Aston Villa striker Loic Remy is a doubt for the clash because of a calf problem, but there is no concern over Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard who sustained minor knocks in the goalless draw with Manchester United.

"We had two tough games against Watford and Man Utd. The physical intensity was high in both games, but we didn't have big damage," Hiddink said.

"Oscar was a bit hurt after a challenge. Willian got some tackles, so did Eden. There was intensity in these games, but they have been recovering so they are okay."

Radamel Falcao has been ruled out until mid-January at the earliest because of a thigh problem, but his fellow striker Diego Costa returns from suspension against Alan Pardew's men.

Meanwhile, Chelsea declined to comment when contacted for a response to reports that none of their players had a relegation clause written into their contract.

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