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Chelsea will still be without David Luiz and Gary Cahill for the FA Cup final against Liverpool.

The center-backs are still missing with hamstring injuries, with caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo hopeful they could return to full training next week.

Di Matteo has no further injury concerns for the Wembley showpiece.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will bring back his experienced players.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jose Reina, Craig Bellamy and Daniel Agger were all rested for the midweek defeat to Fulham.

Striker Andy Carroll is pushing to retain his starting place while Dalglish has to make a decision over which two center-backs he picks, unless Agger replaces Jose Enrique on the left as he did in the semi-final.

Teams:

Chelsea (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Bosingwa, Terry, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Meireles, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Malouda, Drogba, Torres, Sturridge, Kalou, Turnbull.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Spearing, Gerrard, Downing, Bellamy, Carroll, Suarez, Doni, Kelly, Coates, Flanagan, Robinson, Enrique, Henderson, Rodriguez, Shelvey, Kuyt.
 

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