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Chelsea News Roundup

Get better soon please.
Get better soon please.

Just a quick wrap of the Chelsea news for the past few days.

  • Paulo Ferreira has retired from international football. It's easy to forget just how good Ferreira was with us after we brought him over from Porto, but once upon a time he was in the top five full-backs on the planet, capable of playing left or right with equal aplomb. Unfortunately, that time has passed and he's now shaky at best in top-level play. His retirement lets him go gracefully into the sun from Portugal's standpoint, but I can't imagine that he's much longer for the club game either.
  • The date for the Carling Cup match against Newcastle was announced: September 22nd at Stamford Bridge, 7:45 PM BST.
  • Goalkeeper Matej Delac signed a professional contract with the team and was immediately loaned to Eredivisieside Vitesse, where he joins Chelsea and Serbia teammates Nemanja Matic and Slobodan Rajkovic.
  • Jose Bosingwa is back in full training, which means that Ivanovic's loss won't be felt as keenly - down the right flank, at least.
  • Jeffrey Bruma signed a four-year deal today. Bruma, 18, will be with the club until at least 2014 and should be a starting for the Blues before too long. I'm sure it's a very exciting day for him, as this contract essentially represents his graduation from the youth ranks.
  • We also got an estimated time on his return to full fitness: the Dutch international expected to be ready to play opposite Newcastle on the 22nd, meaning that we don't have any real centre-back cover for the Premier League match against West Ham nor our opening game of the Champions League.
  • In the meantime, we find out that John Terry's hamstring injury has been bothering him since the World Cup.
  • In case you missed it, Branislav Ivanovic is out for anywhere between two to six weeks with a back problem that already forced him to missed the Stoke game.
  • I don't like the way those last two bullet points dovetail. If the international break fails to prove enough time off for Terry, we're looking at Michael Essien or possibly even full-back Patrick van Aanholt in the centre of defence for the next two games. This does not sound like a recipe for success.
  • Also, Jose Mourinho is "not Harry Potter." Well then.

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