John Terry is expected to make his comeback from long-term injury.
Suffice to say Chelsea have suffered in his absence.
Out since December 13th, the Blues have won just four of their eight Premiership games in that time.
Wednesday’s impressive 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge hinted at a return to form. It was marred only by Ashley Cole’s injury.
Jose Mourinho is also without Khalid Boulahrouz, Arjen Robben and Joe Cole who have knee, ankle and foot injuries respectively.
Alan Pardew will have to do without new signing Alexandre Song, who is missing after contracting a virus.
Fellow signing Madjid Bougherra is also out as he is struggling with a calf injury, while Andy Reid, Darren Bent and Luke Young are also injured.
The Addicks have not beaten Chelsea since a 4-2 victory on Boxing Day 2003. They have drawn one and lost five of their six subsequent Premiership meetings with the Blues.
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