Chelsea Vs. Tottenham Team News: Younes Kaboul Out For Spurs

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Younes Kaboul of Spurs controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at White Hart Lane on April 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Our FA Cup semifinal is coming up on Sunday, and there's some positive news from Chelsea's perspective. The Blues might be missing Branislav Ivanovic, who is suspended for punching a guy, but opponents Tottenham Hotspur are in slightly deeper trouble: Younes Kaboul is out. That leaves, in Cartilage Free Captain's words, Tottenham's two best centre backs out of action, and leaves them with a likely pairing of William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen at Wembley.

You never like to see people hurt, but this is good news for us - it's the Spurs equivalent of playing Ivanovic and Gary Cahill as a centre back pairing (i.e. not good). With Chelsea desperate for something good to come out of the season, a weakened Tottenham on Sunday would be very handy for our prospects of reaching a cup final. I'm not entirely sure how Roberto di Matteo will play this in terms of team selection - the Barcelona game is a big worry - but Spurs' problems do give us some breathing room

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