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Well, it's that right knee again. Looks like we're going to have to step up the Pastore chase!
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will be out of action for up to six months after undergoing knee surgery.
The Ghana midfielder damaged ligaments in his right knee during a training session last week, the third serious knee blow of his career, and has undergone an operation.
A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "Following an injury to his right knee in training last week, Michael Essien had surgery today to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus. The surgery was successful and Michael's full recovery could take up to six months."
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas added: "Everyone at Chelsea wishes Michael well for his recovery. His team-mates and all the staff and I look forward to helping him return to playing as soon as possible."
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas has revealed his desire for Chelsea to win with style this season.
The new Chelsea manager moved to Stamford Bridge from Porto, who scored a remarkable 145 goals in 58 games during their title-winning campaign last year.
Villas-Boas worked at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, whose more pragmatic style reportedly frustrated the club's owner Roman Abramovich.
But the 33-year-old believes the key to success for Chelsea, who are chasing their first Champions League crown, will be to take the shackles off.
"You free them (the players) from the limitations that they might have in a different kind of system but, in the end, you make them believe in their qualities and this is the most important thing," Villas-Boas told Chelsea magazine.
"The club hasn't stopped in time since I left, it has evolved in various ways but to have the kind of empathy that I have with the people is decisive. It goes from top to bottom and it's with people who meant a lot to me when I was here.
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Chelsea have tried home grown youngsters and found them to be lacking.
Remember when many players were sold to fit in with the FIFA rules on income and expenditure?......................backfired and Chelsea have been signing big ever since.
Bad news! My advise would be to play Luiz in a holding midfield role and keep Alex at the club. see how it goes. play a 4-2-3-1 and Mikel and Luiz can play beside each other. maybe it won't work, but one never know. Lampard maybe only be on form for 1st half of season and then start to slip away due to fatigue, and we will sign another centre mid anyway. I only hope that when Essien returns it'll a boost to the team half way through the season and help us through the finish line for trophies.