Date: 2nd January 2006 at 9:21am
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WEST HAM (from): Carroll, Dailly, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Collins, Konchesky, Bellion, Reo-Coker, Mullins, Fletcher, Etherington, Harewood, Zamora, Aliadiere, Newton, Clarke, Hislop, Stokes, Noble, Repka.

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Cudicini, Geremi, Ferreira, Gallas, Carvalho, Terry, Del Horno, Lampard, Essien, Makelele, Gudjohnsen, Drogba, Robben, Duff, C Cole, Crespo, Huth, Wright-Phillips, Johnson.

West Ham could have defenders Danny Gabbidon and Tomas Repka back from injury.

However, striker Bobby Zamora (hamstring) is a doubt, while veteran Teddy Sheringham (calf) is still not fully recovered.

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun, fit again following a groin problem, came off the bench in Saturday’s defeat at Charlton, and may be in contention to start.

Chelsea will be without suspended England midfielder Joe Cole for the trip to his former club West Ham.

Damien Duff, left out of the squad for the win over Birmingham, will replace him with Didier Drogba given the striking role ahead of Hernan Crespo as coach Jose Mourinho continues to rotate his strikers over the holiday programme.

Claude Makelele, who started the Birmingham game as a substitute, will return the midfield anchorman role with Eidur Gudjohnsen or Michael Essien stepping down to accommodate him.