Swansea City V Chelsea at Liberty Stadium- Match Preview

Back to normal for Swans.

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is set to restore his first-team regulars for his side's Barclays Premier League meeting with Chelsea.

Rodgers made 10 alterations to his side for the FA Cup defeat at Bolton and the likes of Michel Vorm, Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Graham are all set to return to face the Blues. But on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran is unavailable for selection against his parent club.

The Swans boss says he is still hopeful of adding "one or two" new faces to his squad before the transfer window shuts, but denied reports linking him with moves for Matthew Bates, Adrian Mariappa and Nicky Maynard. He said:

"We made enquiries for a number of players early in the window and, like with many clubs, it has gone quiet, but then we have had feedback on one to two possibilities and we will see.

"There is still a lot of work to do if they are to become permanent signings, but we will see over the next 24 hours and take it from there.

"We have certainly made no bids as yet but we have been given an indication of what the price would be."

John Terry will not feature for Chelsea due to the court case into allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas announced Terry would not travel to the Liberty Stadium after aggravating an injury to his right knee first suffered in this month's FA Cup win over Portsmouth.

The Swansea match takes place less than 24 hours before proceedings begin at Westminster Magistrates Court over whether Terry used a racist slur against QPR defender Ferdinand back in October, a charge he denies. Chelsea have a chance to dent Manchester United's title bid on Sunday but, having declared his own side out of the championship equation, Villas-Boas is more interested in cutting the five-point gap to third-placed Tottenham.

"We are within a five-point margin of the third-placed team and five points more than Arsenal in fifth," he said. "For us, it's important to show our consistency in the away games."


Source: DSG