Suspension adds to Chelsea's defensive woes

Last updated at 15:35 29 December 2006

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has more defensive worries with Khalid Boulahrouz out of the London derby with rivals Fulham through suspension.

He is already missing captain John Terry after his back surgery, along with midfielder Joe Cole, who may yet need an operation on his broken foot.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is still recovering from his fractured skull while Italian stopper Carlo Cudicini remains doubtful with a thigh problem.

Provisional squad: Hilario, Hedman, Cudicini, Geremi, Ferreira, Carvalho, Essien, Bridge, A Cole, Lampard, Makelele, Ballack, Shevchenko, Kalou, Drogba, Diarra, Obi, Wright-Phillips.

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