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Didnt they say about 4-6 weeks, about 6 weeks ago.

God do we need him, we just can't go into these big games with this lumbering midfield combo of mikel/ballack/lampard, we are suffering so much because of it.

Essien should make a massive difference , especially against Inter.

So, does anone have any idea?

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I think the original prognosis was that he'd be back for the second leg. The problem will be that he won't have had much match practice. Overall, I'd rather we erred on the side of caution. There is no sense in risking putting him out again for another long period.

If he is properly fit then great, but I think we showed enough last night to be able to win without him.

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Cech got a knock against Wolves at the weekend - had problems kicking for a while. Must have weakened it, and to play on it a few days later is not good.

The same happened with Ashley Cole. Days before his injury, he got a knock to his ankle in the previous game when he scored his goal at SB. He had to go off.

Does make you wonder if the CFC medical team are truly up to it - a lot of these lengthy injuries could be mostly avoided if rest is given when the warning signs are there !!

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Cech got a knock against Wolves at the weekend - had problems kicking for a while. Must have weakened it, and to play on it a few days later is not good.

The same happened with Ashley Cole. Days before his injury, he got a knock to his ankle in the previous game when he scored his goal at SB. He had to go off.

Does make you wonder if the CFC medical team are truly up to it - a lot of these lengthy injuries could be mostly avoided if rest is given when the warning signs are there !!

Is it the medics fault or the people who pick the team?

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I think the original prognosis was that he'd be back for the second leg. The problem will be that he won't have had much match practice. Overall, I'd rather we erred on the side of caution. There is no sense in risking putting him out again for another long period.

If he is properly fit then great, but I think we showed enough last night to be able to win without him.

I agree, but then I think back to last season when he was out for ages, and one of his first games back he went up against Liverpool (and Gerrard in particular) and put in an absolutely sensational performance.

I agree that we need to be careful with Essien, I'd argue he's our most important midfielder right now, but if he's available for the Inter game then it's an absolute must win, so I can imagine Carlo will do his best to include him.

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Cech got a knock against Wolves at the weekend - had problems kicking for a while. Must have weakened it, and to play on it a few days later is not good.

The same happened with Ashley Cole. Days before his injury, he got a knock to his ankle in the previous game when he scored his goal at SB. He had to go off.

Does make you wonder if the CFC medical team are truly up to it - a lot of these lengthy injuries could be mostly avoided if rest is given when the warning signs are there !!

f**k sakes, ill say what i said when someone said this about ash cole. if we were to only play someone when 100% fit then we would never have 11 players on the pitch. players get knocks all the time, we barely ever have anyone playing thats not carrying some kind of niggle.

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f**k sakes, ill say what i said when someone said this about ash cole. if we were to only play someone when 100% fit then we would never have 11 players on the pitch. players get knocks all the time, we barely ever have anyone playing thats not carrying some kind of niggle.

And even if we're considering resting players, these kind of matches - a CL knockout tie (Cech) and away at one of the Premiership's form teams (Cole) - are exactly where you take more of a risk to have your best players on the pitch. Weakening ourselves against Everton so we could play a stronger team against Wolves would've been insane.

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Looks like it is taking longer than expected to get Essien back which is a real disappointment.

In his blog on the Chelsea site today he basically waffles:

"Q: When are you returning to the pitch?

Ess: I will be back as soon as I can. I hate being on the sidelines but at the same time I need to be patient and heal properly. Once the medical team give me the all clear you will see me doing my thing on the pitch."

Which makes me think the return isn't so straightforward.

Also, not sure how reliable this is, but on the Sporting Life site (http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/03/04/SOCCER_Chelsea.html) it says he won't make it back for the Inter return leg. Slight upside is that Bossie in light training, although it feels like ages ago that he started with that (mid-January, if I recall).

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Not convinced by this Sun story one bit. They seem to have based it all around a pic of him on crutches and nothing else.

There are no direct quotes apart from by the normal 'club source' which means they are made up.

Also why didnt Butch bring this up on Friday when asked about him?

I would get too worried just yet...

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