After an international break dominated by issues off the field, Cardiff City can look forward to a trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Two late goals at Norwich City gave Jose Mourinho his first Premier League away win since returning to manage Chelsea, and form seems encouraging, with four wins from five games. One concern is that he has yet to find his preferred loan striker. Demba Ba was given the nod at Carrow Road and played well, but failed to score, meaning that all three forwards are still without a domestic goal this season.
Cardiff’s preparation for this match has been overshadowed by the removal of Iain Moody as head of recruitment. The episode has led to doubts being raised of manager Malky Mackay’s long-term future at the club, although the club has denied asking him to resign. On the pitch, the Bluebirds will be hoping to recover from their defeat to Newcastle United in their last game.
Fernando Torres is likely to return from injury and suspension for Chelsea, but Ashley Cole and Andre Schurrle – who scored a hat-trick for Germany in midweek – will both miss out.
Cardiff are still without striker Andreas Cornelius, but otherwise have a fully-fit squad.
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