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Chelsea v Liverpool: Team news – Balotelli back in the squad

Striker Mario Balotelli returned to training this week after a foot injury and could make the squad for the trip to Chelsea.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli and Chelsea's captain John Terry during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Midfielder Lucas Leiva may be in contention for a start against the champions but defender Mamadou Sakho is still missing with a hamstring injury.

Striker Daniel Sturridge‘s hip operation has ruled him out until September.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Ibe, Gerrard, Lucas, Moreno, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Jones, Ward, Johnson, Manquillo, Toure, Allen, Markovic, Lallana, Lambert, Balotelli, Borini.

Chelsea v Liverpool kicks off at 4pm BST on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

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