John Terry could return to contention after featuring in an under-21 game on Thursday but won't be rushed back into action.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech has recovered from injury and is back in the squad, so should replace Ross Turnbull in goal.
The team may well revert to that which played in the 5-1 win over Southampton, meaning there could be a start for Demba Ba over Fernando Torres.
Stoke have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League, losing 7 of their 9 encounters and scoring just 3 goals in the process.
However, their two draws in that run have come in the last two matches between the sides at the Britannia Stadium and the Potters haven't lost at home all season, picking up results against the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool.
The visitors are still likely to be slight favourites and may feel that a win here could move them back into contention, with United facing Liverpool and City travelling to Arsenal on Sunday.
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