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Chelsea Team News: Mata, Luiz & More…

Chelsea travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City on Saturday afternoon and manager Roberto Di Matteo has given an injury update ahead of the game.

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Chelsea travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City on Saturday afternoon and manager Roberto Di Matteo has given an injury update ahead of the game.

The Blues go into the match off the back of two intense encounters with Manchester United and it seems his squad are feeling the effects of a testing week of football.

Di Matteo has confirmed there are doubts over the fitness of key playmaker Juan Mata and defender David Luiz for the meeting with the Swans. Mata has a slight hamstring strain while Luiz has an ankle knock and both are rated as ‘very doubtful’ for the game.

The Italian boss also confirmed that midfielder John Obi Mikel is in contention despite being at the centre of a race-row involved referee Mark Clattenburg. Speaking to, Di Matteo said:

‘From the last few games and with the extra time we played we have a few others that have niggling injuries as well,’

‘ Mata and David Luiz are very doubtful.’

‘Mikel’s frame of mind is good and he is focused on the playing and the training, and he will be ready for the game tomorrow,’

There is better news on Ashley Cole who is fit after recovering from an ankle problem but Frank Lampard remains on the sidelines.

Striker Fernando Torres and defender Branislav Ivanovic both return from suspension and should come straight back in to the starting eleven, with Ivanovic expected to play at centre back if Luiz is ruled out.

What would your starting eleven be? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. ENZO

    November 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Marin, Hazard, Oscar, Sturridge.

  2. BOYG

    November 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Am with u on that line up!!! I think toress should be rested a while longer cos he is ruining so many scoring chances for the BLUES!!!

  3. ihekoronye

    November 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    cech, azi, iva, cahill, cole mikel, rami, hazard, oscar, moses, Torres…..

    • Kg

      November 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Agree with you, nice line up

  4. larry

    November 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm


  5. Ojubolamo Adedotun

    November 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Cezh, Api, Ivano, Cahil, A. Cole, Mikel, Ramirez, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Sturidge…….

  6. Bukola john

    November 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    It wil b an interesting game. Cech,azi,iva,cahil,cole,ramires,mikel,oscar,marin/moses, torres

  7. Great

    November 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Cech,azili.c,iva,cahil,cole,mikel,ramirez,oscar,moses,marine sturid

  8. oyo-ita emmanuel

    November 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Give marine a run-in, nd put moses upfront. Sooo, cech, azpilicueta, ivanovic, cahill, ashley, mikel, ramires,oscar, hazard, marine, moses.

  9. ozor cfc

    November 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    tumbul,ferera,cahil iva, betrand, rumueo maluda, marine, moses peazon, sturigde

  10. Agbee Chibuzom

    November 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I will prefer…Cech,Api,Ivanovic,cahill,Cole,Mikel,Ramires,Hazard,Oscar,Moses,sturridge

  11. more blessing

    November 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    who ever the coach put in there is welcome

  12. samuel.i.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    i prefer,cech,azi,ivan,cahil,cole,mikel,ramires,hazaed,oscar,moses nd toress

  13. me

    November 3, 2012 at 3:03 am

    1. what a shock at romeu’s , piazon’s & azpi’s game in the cup! they were really bad;
    2. i would pick cahill before luiz any time, even if terry returns;
    3. i think we should give a chance to sturridge for about three games see what he can do, torres only a sub (if you ask me would never use him again but i see half people here stil have him in the team);
    4. let’s see marin too, keep him warm;

  14. larrylad

    November 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I prefer cech, azp, iva, cole, obi, oscar, hasard, moses, ramy, marin, nando! BLUES4LIFE………

  15. Awal nemji

    November 3, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I’ll go 4 cech, azip, cahil, ivanovic, betrand, mikel, ramires, oscar, hazar, moses nd tores.

  16. hardez

    November 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I prefer cech azi cole mikel ramires oscar in d middle hazard moses and sturidge upfront torres sounds not to know his quality he didn’t hold bal as a last man standin so let’s give sturidge more playin time and di matte0 should work on his selfishnes blues till eternity

  17. Oscar+hazard

    November 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

    1 2 3 4 7 9 10 11 17 24 34

  18. King Sabriye

    November 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Cesar, Ivano, Cahil, Cole
    Obi, Rami
    Moses, Edin, Marin

    We knew our best team.. But right now, we need to know how about after injuiries came on some of our XI..
    We have to look some of our tallents like Marin, Piazon and Moses.. Instead ego-man Sturidge, we know him well and he is nothing to play with our tiki-taka football. the boss must sell him

  19. Chin

    November 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Wud prefer torres ova sturridge anytym.Sturridge is so selfish….Cech,dave,iva,cahill,mikel,rami,hazard,moses,oscar,torres

  20. pyps

    November 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    i want to see marin in action

  21. Armstrong

    November 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

    sturidge prove to be a flop upfront in capital one against unknown defenders.i was really dissapointed since i was one of those who was asking 4him 2b given a chance upfront.imagine hw many goal torres with all his shortcoming wud hav buried in that match.
    d fact is,even if torres doesnt score,he plays well 4d team,n creates chance.sturidge dsnt do any upfront,n seems incapable.


  22. BLueMarshall

    November 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

    My prefered team n I hope RDM will attach seriousness to it. Cech, Azpi, Iva, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Oscar, Moses, Hazard, Marin, Torres.

  23. Olalekan Bello

    November 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

    my team is cech, azpi, iva, cahil, cole, mikel, rami, moses, oscar, hazard, torres. marin and sturridge can come on later in d game

  24. Hakeem

    November 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I prefer Czech,azp, Cole,caill, Iva, ramr, mike, marin, Oscar,hazard, torres. Blue 4 sure.

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