Deco has recovered from his hamstring problem but is not yet match fit. He is expected to return for the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Preston next week.
Right-back Jose Bosingwa is still not match fit following his knee surgery and the Blues are without John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou. All four are on international duty in the African Nations Cup.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Hilario, Turnbull, Ivanovic, Belletti, Alex, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole, Lampard, Ballack, Malouda, J Cole, Zhirkov, Kakuta, Bruma, Borini, Sturridge, Matic, Anelka.