Cech back for Blues
Goalkeeper Peter Cech is available following a calf strain for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Newcastle.
Cech missed the 2-2 draws at Brentford and Reading and is set to return in place of Ross Turnbull, while midfielder Juan Mata has shaken off an ankle problem sustained in midweek and defender John Terry could return after reverting to the bench at the Madejski Stadium.
David Luiz (calf) and long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) are still out and John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup, while Eden Hazard serves the final game of his three-match ban for his controversial dismissal at Swansea.
Provisional squad: Cech, Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Terry, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Marin, Benayoun, Torres, Ba, Ake, Hilario.