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12.20.2006

Starting players to rest against Newcastle

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Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is likely to rest some of his more important footballers against Newcastle in the Carling Cup quarter-final on Tyneside on Wednesday night.

That's why Wayne Bridge, Paulo Ferreira and Shaun Wright-Phillips are all in with a chance of being included in the starting line-up.

But the Portuguese manager must check on the fitness of captain John Terry (back) before naming his side. Terry missed the game with Everton and if he remains unfit, Khalid Boulahrouz will continue to deputise.

Striker Joe Cole is out with a broken foot and Carlo Cudicini remains doubtful with a thigh problem.

Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder will make late checks on Nolberto Solano and Emre.

Peruvian talented wing Solano has missed the last two games with a groin problem, while Emre limped off during the 2-1 Barclays Premiership win over Watford at the weekend with an ankle injury.

What's more, Celestine Babayaro is suspended, and that means Damien Duff could once again be used at left-back provided he has suffered no reaction to his return from knee surgery.

DEspite those facts, Charles N'Zogbia is set to miss the entire holiday campaign with a medial ligament injury which has proved more serious than was first thought, while Michael Owen and Tim Krul (both knee), Shola Ameobi and Olivier Bernard (both hip), Craig Moore (hamstring), Titus Bramble (calf), Stephen Carr (foot) and Steve Harper (groin) remain on the sidelines.

Line ups:

Chelsea: Hilario, Hedman, Cudicini, Ferreira, Boulahrouz, Geremi, Carvalho, A Cole, Bridge, Essien, Ballack, Makelele, Lampard, Drogba, Shevchenko, Diarra, Wright-Phillips, Robben, Kalou.

Newcastle: Given, Srnicek, Solano, Taylor, Ramage, Huntington, Parker, Butt, Emre, Milner, Duff, Pattison, Troisi, Gate, Edgar, Martins, Dyer, Sibierski, Luque, Rossi, Carroll.