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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 23, 2007

Mikel ready to be Chelsea's jack of all trades

Chelsea's Mikel Jon Obi is ready to play anywhere against Wycombe tonight in a bid to help Jose Mourinho's injury-ravaged Blues reach the Carling Cup final.

Chelsea take on the Coca-Cola League Two minnows at Stamford Bridge with the tie all square at 1-1 from the first leg.

Mikel is hoping to keep his place after a fine individual performance in Chelsea's 2-0 Barclays Premiership defeat by Liverpool on Saturday.

But the return of France veteran Claude Makelele after suspension may force him back on to the substitute's bench against Wanderers.

Mikel (19), is one of the few players in the current Chelsea squad yet to appear in a domestic cup final and he is prepared to play anywhere in midfield to get the chance to feature in the Carling Cup showpiece.

Mikel said: 'We had a disappointment last game but we want make up for it by going out there and making sure we win this game.

'The spirit is still good, the lads still have confidence in everything we are doing. I am really, really exited about the possibility of playing in this cup final.

'I can't wait for the Wycombe game to get started. I just want to get in there and make sure we win.

'Wycombe were aggressive (in the first leg). They were out there to play and they showed they wanted to win. But we want it as well.

'As everyone knows, we have been having defensive problems. It is one of those things where we try to make corrections and we try see if we can adjust and make sure everything starts going well.

'I love to be in the team and anywhere he (Mourinho) wants me to play, I can go and give my best and try to make sure everything goes well. Anywhere in the midfield is okay for me.'

Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has set his sights on a return to the international arena after his successful comeback from a fractured skull against Liverpool on Saturday.

Cech, playing with a protective headguard, was delighted with to get back in action for the first time since sustaining his serious head injury against Reading last October.

The Chelsea goalkeeper is now hoping to get selected for the Czech Republic's forthcoming friendly against Belgium.

Cech said: 'I have already spoken to coach Karel Bruckner. After the pause, every match is good for me. I would like to be in the team.'

He is determined to play as many games as possible following his lengthy lay-off and hopes to be named on the teamsheet against Wycombe.

Cech added: 'It is difficult to predict it, but I think I will play. I need the match load after the long break. But the last word is of course on the coach.

'Of course I was extremely happy to be back. I myself never thought, that I may return so quickly. Although I am disappointed we lost against Liverpool, I am satisfied with myself.'

Mourinho hopes to have centre-half Ricardo Carvalho back to bolster his defence after he missed the defeat at Liverpool with a fever.

But the loss of Dutch winger Arjen Robben with ankle ligament damage against Liverpool has only served to underline the fragility of the squad at present.

Robben is likely to be out for several weeks if the damage is confirmed and boss Mourinho is already fearing the worst.

Mourinho said: 'With Robben, normally it is for a long time every time he is injured.'

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