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Team News: West Brom - Saturday 3rd March 2012

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There was heart in mouth moments for Chelsea fans when our two most effective forwards this season, Daniel Sturridge and Didier Drogba, limped off at the end of both their last games, however Villas-Boas has confirmed that both are ready to play if selected (as we know they will be) against West Brom at the Midlands after recovering from both their respective injuries.

We were also given an injury update on John Terry, who is said to be out on the training ground at Cobham already, just one week after his operation, and regardless of what you think of the David Luiz/Gary Cahill partnership, that can only be a good thing.

What is also a good thing is the fact that Villas-Boas went to pains at clarifying the Frank Lampard storm in a teacup., even though the media outlets will most likely take these quotes along some line that the manager is clinging to his relationship with the Chelsea 'legend'

"I have to choose the team and I try to choose the best team for every single game. It hasn't involved Frank a couple of times but it doesn't mean I have a personal problem with him. His own interpretation of the relationship is his own but I have no problem with it and I explained it to him. They are decisions I have to take for the benefit of the team, always."

Moving on, AVB considered our opponents on the weekend, which will be covered in greater depth in the preview, but he did complement them on their good results, noting they had come from a switch to 4-3-3. I like to think that Villas-Boas says stuff like this as to flatter them, but remind them he's been watching them and knows all their secrets. I could be completely wrong, but it's a comforting thought.

Finally, there was some discussion of potential deals in the pipeline for two players who, let's call them players who aren't always the fan favourites. AVB talked about both the futures of Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda, but this was interesting enough to get it's own story.

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