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Capital One Cup team news for Chelsea v Swansea

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 17:09 | Comments

(L to R) Fernando Torres, Nathan Dyer and Ashley Cole are all available
(L to R) Fernando Torres, Nathan Dyer and Ashley Cole are all available

Chelsea are without their African players, while Swansea travel with a near full squad for their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge on Weadnesday night.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the tie.

Petr Cech (groin) and John Terry (knee) remain out, although the latter could play for with the Blues' Under-21 squad on Thursday.

John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are also unavailable having left for African Nations Cup duty with Nigeria.

Chelsea provisional squad: Turnbull, Hilario, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Ba.

Gerhard Tremmel is set to start in goal for Swansea.

The German has played throughout the run to the last four, and manager Michael Laudrup feels Tremmel has earned the right to keep his place ahead of Michel Vorm as Swansea chase a first appearance at a major Wembley final.

Angel Rangel should be available after a calf problem, while Pablo Hernandez, Ashley Williams and Michu should all return to the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea provisional squad: Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.

Meanwhile, Graeme Le Saux thinks Benitez may finally be able to win over the Chelsea fans who opposed his appointment if he can guide the Blues to Cup glory.

Le Saux said: "The relationship between the fans and club is building again.

"The fans were very quick to show their frustration at Roberto Di Matteo being sacked, but I think over time they are warming to the change.

"Ultimately the results we get as a club will dictate how the crowd respond.

"They will be delighted if we are successful and being in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley is a fabulous occasion. I have experienced it. It brings everyone together."

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