Carlo Ancelotti today confirmed that Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard will start against Wigan Athletic after the Serbian defender recovered from a stomach problem and Lampard completed a full week of training after his goal scoring appearance last weekend.
New signing, the Brazilian international Ramires will have to wait until our home match with Stoke before making his Blues bow after rejoining the team for training today.
“Ramires came back this morning, he will train today, and will not be involved tomorrow. Next week he will be ready to play against Stoke and he will be involved in the match.”
In other injury news, youngsters Jeffrey Bruma and Gael Kakuta will be sidelined for several weeks with Bruma having surgery this morning on a hernia problem and the young Frenchman having a back complaint assessed.
There was good news however as the manager confirmed that long term absentee Jose Bosingwa will train with the first team squad next week at Cobham and should be ready to play in 2-3 weeks.
Ancelotti went on to say that whilst he was pleased with the teams performance against West Brom, fans must not expect the currently free scoring to Blues to sweep aside all teams in such a manner, “We must prepare well mentally (for the game) and we must not think it will be easy.”
“‘I hope when they come to Stamford Bridge they don’t expect always seven goals, it will be a tragedy for me and my team. I hope they come to support us and see the good football we play,’.”
With the clubs announcement yesterday that 21 year old defender Sam Hutchinson would be retiring from professional football, the Blues boss had some words of support for the talented young man.
“We are sad and disappointed that he could not recover, we must look forward and support him in all things. He will study and train our academy; we want him to stay in our family. He has a strong mentality and can support us with his character. He is sad now but in life, this can happen and you cannot play but find a new job in football. We will support him.”
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