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Fulham away to Chelsea ~ Team News

last updated Friday 23rd December 2011, 2:59 PM

Fulham have no fresh injury concerns heading into the clash.

The Cottagers are physically unscathed from their 5-0 home defeat to Manchester United in midweek and have been boosted by Steve Sidwell's return to training after a hernia operation.

The 29-year-old, though, is unlikely to feature against his former club at Stamford Bridge and will be joined on the sidelines by fellow midfielder Simon Davies (back), goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (spine) and defender Zdenek Grygera (knee).


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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping David Luiz will spare him a defensive crisis for Boxing Day's west London derby against Fulham.

Villas-Boas found himself down to just one centre-half in Thursday night's Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham after Branislav Ivanovic limped off injured, along with midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Both look set to miss Monday's Stamford Bridge showdown, but Villas-Boas was optimistic Luiz would return from a knee problem, while he may recall Frank Lampard with Ramires suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

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