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Lampard: Still missing

Lampard: Still missing

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Chelsea will once again be without Frank Lampard.

It had been hoped that Lampard would return to training this week after missing the last 10 games but the England midfielder will instead step up his rehabilitation from a hernia injury next week with a view to him playing some part in next weekend's match at Liverpool.

Alex will start tomorrow's match after missing last week's win over Wolves with a thigh injury but Ramires (ankle) and Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) remain sidelined.

Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen are set to return to the centre of the Blackburn defence for the battle with the leaders.

Samba will come back in to the side after missing last weekend's defeat to Liverpool at Anfield through suspension.

Nelsen, who has been missing with a thigh injury, trained with the squad yesterday and will return provided he suffers no adverse reaction.

Jason Roberts is also back in full training, but midfielders Steven Nzonzi and Vince Grella are out with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

Blackburn (from): Robinson, Nelsen, Samba, Salgado, Jones, Givet, Olsson, Pedersen, Dunn, Emerton, EH Diouf, MB Diouf, Kalinic, Benjani, Roberts, Chimbonda, Hoilett, Linganzi.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Cole, Terry, Zhirkov, Essien, Obi, McEachran, Kakuta, Malouda, Anelka, Drogba, Kalou, Bruma, Mellis, Borini, Van Aanholt, Sturridge.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:45
West Ham v Man City  
15:00
Liverpool v Hull City  
So'ton v Stoke  
S'land v Arsenal  
W Brom v C Palace  
17:30
Swansea v Leicester  
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:30
Burnley v Everton  
Tottenham v Newcastle  
16:00
Man Utd v Chelsea  
Monday, 27 October 2014
20:00
QPR v A Villa  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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