EARLY TEAM NEWS
Cardiff are without Callum Paterson. He damaged ankle ligaments playing for Scotland in their Euro 2020 qualifier in San Marino and will play no further part this season.
Sol Bamba (knee ligaments) and Matthew Connolly (dislocated ankle) are also sidelined, but Harry Arter is expected to feature after missing the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Georgia on Tuesday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to shake off a back issue in time. Davide Zappacosta’s ankle problem will be assessed, as will Ethan Ampadu’s back concern.
CARDIFF TEAM NEWS
Team to play Chelsea: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett, Arter, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Murphy, Hoilett, Niasse
Subs: Murphy, Ralls, Zohore, Cordova-Reid, Bacuna, Mendez-Laing, Harris