Chelsea cope with injury crisis
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will be forced to patch his squad together this week, with a mid-week trip to Moscow being followed by another away match against Wolves at the weekend.?????????????? ????????????? ????????
Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba will miss both games and the duo were also absent from the side that drew with Villa at the weekend. Salomon Kalou, Daniel Sturridge and Alex, were also notable by their absence on Saturday, as Chelsea failed to break down their opponents brave defence. It wasn’t a bad result, after all some people make Aston Villa betting tips to reach fourth this season.
John Terry played in the Villa game but didn’t look 100 per cent after returning from the back injury that forced him to miss England’s goalless draw against Montenegro. The injury isn’t serious but it will have to be managed by the physios at the club. Terry could do with being rested for the Spartak match, but given the number of players who are out of action, the captain may be forced to play. Michael Essien will be rested but should return to action for the Wolves game in a match the Betfair Football predictions suggest they will win.
With Kalou missing for Chelsea, Ancelotti handed Gael Kakuta his full Premiership debut but will be a bit disappointed with how the Frenchman performed. The young winger showed glimpses of quality but failed when it came to his final ball and will be hoping to be given another chance despite his poor performance.
The injuries forced Ancelotti to name four substitutes – Jeffery Bruma, Fabio Borini, Jacob Mellis and Josh McEachran – who had never started a league match in their careers. McEachran came off the bench against Villa and showed some nice touches. The midfielder is one of the most exciting players to emerge from the Chelsea youth set-up in recent years and will be hoping to break into the first team squad on a regular basis.
Despite the injuries, Chelsea should have enough quality to pick up wins in their upcoming fixtures. Aside from their back to back Champions League matches against Spartak, Chelsea face winnable league games against Wolves and then Blackburn. After those games comes the usually tough match against Liverpool. On current form, it should be walkover for the Londoners. ?