(Sporting Alert) — Frank Lampard is back on the bench for Chelsea FC for tonight’s Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland at Stadium of Light.
Lampard missed 11 because of a calf injury, but has trained well this week and could get a run out today.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, in the meantime, named an unchanged side from the 6-1 win against Nordsjaelland in midweek.
Oriol Romeu retains his place, with John Mikel Obi suspended, while Victor Moses starts for the third consecutive game.
Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard all start.
Sunderland will be without leading goalscorer Steven Fletcher for the clash. Fletcher is ruled out of the clash due to an injury, so Connor Wickham takes his place up front.
Meanwhile, defender John O’Shea returns to the starting line-up and replaces Matt Kilgallon, who today, was dropped to the substitutes bench.
Adam Johnson, Stéphane Sessegnon, Sebastian Larsson and Carlos Cuéllar are all in Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland starting line-up as well.
TEAM NEWS: SUNDERLAND vs. CHELSEA
- Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Cuellar, O’Shea, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble, Saha.
- Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Romeu, Mata, Moses, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Oscar, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.