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Unlucky Ramires misses Chelsea title celebrations with ... kidney stones?

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In a cruel twist of fate for the longest-serving Chelsea player* without a Premier League title, Ramires had to miss Sunday's title celebrations when he had to go to hospital just prior to kick-off against Crystal Palace.  He had even been already announced as a starter on the right wing!  The poor guy...

Kidney problem sounds fairly ominous, but apparently it's just the painful kind, rather than the life-threatening kind.

It's not often you hear of professional athletes suffering from kidney stones; it's a condition I associate with poor diets and people in non-peak physical condition.  Regardless, kidney stones are very painful.

Mourinho, top man, top manager.  Get well soon, Ramires!  We'll save some champagne for ya.

* Technically, Ramires was just the third signing of the 2010 summer transfer window, but Benayoun is no longer here and Tomas Kalas has spent more time away from the club than at it since.

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