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Blues lose injured Carvalho
24 Apr 2009 - 09:49:33
Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho will miss next week's Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Barcelona through injury.
The Portugal international suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury while making his comeback for the reserves at the beginning of the week.
Carvalho missed the midweek goalless draw with Everton in the Premier League and interim manager Guus Hiddink has now ruled him out of Saturday's game against West Ham United and the trip to Spain on Tuesday night.
"He (Carvalho) got a little bit of trouble again in his hamstring in the reserves, so he won't be there next week," said Hiddink.
Meanwhile, Hiddink is considering whether to play Michael Mancienne or Jose Bosingwa at left-back against Barcelona as Ashley Cole is suspended.
England Under-21 centre-half Mancienne recently played as a makeshift full-back for the reserves at the request of Hiddink, while right-back Bosingwa could switch sides should he prove his fitness following a hamstring problem.
"We have the problem with Ashley Cole as well, but I can start crying about these problems or I can think there's an opportunity to get an advantage out of a disadvantage," continued the Dutch coach.
"We have some candidates for the left-back position and we have some time to practice.
"I have some options in my mind."