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Drogba and Lampard miss out for Chelsea

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard will both be absent for Saturday's game at Aston Villa.

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Drogba is out with a fever while Lampard has still to recover from a groin strain, with Daniel Sturridge, Salomon Kalou, Alex and Yossi Benayoun also missing out.

John Terry, though, is in the starting line-up despite doubts over his fitness due to the back problem that kept him out of the England side that drew 0-0 with Montenegro on Tuesday.

"Frank Lampard is not available, Drogba is not available, Sturridge is not available, Kalou is not available, Alex is not available, Benayoun is not available, Terry is available," Ancelotti said. "The line-up will be Cech; Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry and Cole; Ramires, Essien and Mikel; strikers Kakuta, Malouda and Anelka.

"[Lampard] is getting better but he needs to have some weeks again, maybe two weeks to be fit 100%, he had a problem on his adductor and we have to pay attention. He is working individually and needs two weeks again.

"Drogba had a fever this week and was not able to train. He started today but is not fit. He took antibiotics in the last days and needs to train next week and I'll know if he is available for the game in the Champions League.

"Alex may be available next week and also Kalou will surely be available for the Champions League, and Sturridge needs days of recovery."

Ancelotti also confirmed that Jose Bosingwa will be in the match-day squad for the first time this season.


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