Watford v Chelsea
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Romanian international has suffered an 11-game goal drought and boss Ranieri could recall Hernan Crespo, fit after a virus, or Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Winger Damien Duff faces another week on the sidelines as he recovers from his dislocated shoulder, while midfielder Juan Sebastien Veron will be out for another week with his back problem. Fellow midfielder Emmanuel Petit (knee) is still out.
Watford's on-loan goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley may be handed a chance to show Chelsea what he is capable of after The Blues granted The Hornets permission to play their youngster against them.
However, his place is by no means assured after veteran custodian Alec Chamberlain performed admirably between the posts while Pidgeley was suspended against Cardiff.
Watford boss Ray Lewington will be hoping his strugglers can once again go on a memorable cup run that took them all the way to the semi-finals last season when they were eventually beaten by Southampton.
Captain Neil Cox is suspended after picking up five bookings, with Sean Dyche handed responsibility of shackling Chelsea's strike force.
The pitch may also play a part in this tie after Zurich Premiership Rugby side Saracens entertained Leeds Tykes on New Year's Day and ground staff at the Hertfordshire club have been working round the clock trying to get the pitch in its best possible condition.