LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Didier Drogba returns to the starting line up as Fernando Torres goes back on the bench for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.

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Torres started as the lone striker in the defeat to Manchester City in midweek, but was back as a substitute today.

Central defender John Terry is fit-again and he returned to captain Chelsea, who also recalled forward Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Michael Essien.

Meanwhile, striker Emmanuel Adebayor has recovered from a hamstring problem and will start with Rafael Van der Vaart in attack. Aaron Lennon and Ledley King were not fit to play, but Williams Gallas and Sandro both start.

Chelsea vs Tottenham

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba
: Turnbull, Luiz, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Kalou

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor
: Cudicini, Saha, Defoe, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)


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