Team news: Chelsea v Sunderland

Demba Ba was rested for Thursday's Europa League game against Rubin Kazan after starting Chelsea's Bank Holiday Monday game. Photo: PA

Chelsea striker Demba Ba is set to return up front in place of Fernando Torres for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland.

Ba, scorer of Monday's FA Cup winner against Manchester United, was cup-tied for last night's Europa League defeat of Rubin Kazan, when Torres scored twice, but is poised to be restored as Rafael Benitez rotates his squad for the Blues' fourth match in nine days.

Ashley Cole (hamstring) and his fellow England defender Gary Cahill (knee) remain out alongside long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee).

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio faces the daunting task of a trip to Chelsea with a threadbare squad in his first Barclays Premier League match in charge.

Di Canio, who replaced Martin O'Neill on Sunday and has since been at the centre of a media storm over his political beliefs, has doubts over midfielder David Vaughan (groin) and defender Carlos Cuellar (ankle).

Captain Lee Cattermole (knee surgery) and striker Steven Fletcher (ankle ligaments) will both miss the rest of the season but there is some hope for long-term absentee Wes Brown (knee), who is continuing to train without suffering a relapse.

Provisional squad: Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Bertrand, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Mata, Benayoun, Mikel, Moses, Lampard, Hazard, Marin, Torres, Ake, Ba.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Mangane, N'Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Graham, Wickham.