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Chelsea relishing Wolves clash

LONDON, November 20 – The international break may not have been kind to Chelsea but Carlo Ancelotti could hardly have wished for a better fixture than the visit of Wolves to ease his injury-weakened side back into league action.MICHAEL_ESSIEN_Ancelotti’s medical team have been working overtime after Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack all returned from their latest stint of national service carrying injuries.

Terry and Lampard were affected by the wave of injuries that afflicted Fabio Capello’s England squad last week with Lampard expected to be out for three weeks with a torn thigh muscle while club captain Terry faces a late test on an ankle problem.

German international Ballack has an infected knee while Ivorian Drogba is carrying a knock but even even if he were to lose all those senior players for this game, it is impossible to imagine the manager is overly concerned about the impact on his squad as a whole.

Wolves, after all, are enduring a troubled season and currently sit second-bottom of the Premier League while Ancelotti’s side signed off before the break with the victory over Manchester United that left them five points clear at the head of the table.

The task now facing Chelsea is to make sure they avoid any unnecessary slip-ups that would give United and second-placed Arsenal an opportunity to close the gap.

Yet while Ancelotti’s side have occasionally appeared vulnerable on their travels this season, at Stamford Bridge they have posted a perfect record of ten wins from their ten home games.

The Italian is understandably satisfied with the start to his first season at the club and said this week: "I’m quite happy here in London, I have a three-year contract, I like everything here, the club, the fans, English football.

"Not to speak of the results, so far they are not that bad: I’ve won 10 out of 12 in the league, three out of four in the Champions League, it’s an awesome progression. I do not have the slightest problem, not even with the food."

The only problem looming on Chelsea’s horizon is January’s African Cup of Nations, when they will lose Drogba and Salomon Kalou to the Ivory Coast, Ghana’s Michael Essien and John Mikel Obi of Nigeria.

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That is not the problem it once seemed, though, now that the club have succeeded in getting the FIFA-imposed transfer ban suspended for January when they may make a renewed bid to bring in Atletico Madrid’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.

It is a very different story for Wolves who have not won in six games and last defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in March 1979.

A repeat of the 5-2 defeat they suffered on their previous visit six years ago would further dent the confidence of the struggling Midlands club.

Before the international break, Wolves were given a humiliating 4-1 lesson by Arsenal in front of their own supporters, but manager Mick McCarthy insists fixtures against the clubs at the top end of the table will not decide his Premier League fate this season.

"Everyone will see we got our backsides slapped by Arsenal and that we are second from bottom. They will be expecting us to get another good hiding from Chelsea, but games like this won’t decide whether we survive or not," he said.

Facing the formidable league leaders is the preface to a key run of three games against Birmingham, Bolton and a trip to face Burnley.

"Our survival will be decided on those games and others against clubs in that bracket.

"Our next two games against Birmingham and Bolton are the ones that we have to win. No one expects us to get anything at Chelsea. Go to the bookies and see the odds on us winning or getting a draw!" said McCarthy.

"We still have to give a good account of ourselves. If we get something it would be brilliant and a real bonus."

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  1. realtalk

    July 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    You don’t have to always get what you want. Especially if what you want belongs to someone else. You can put an end to the issue since you already know he has a family. Ask yourself what you really know about a married man who has not yet mentioned his family to you. He’s hoping you slip up and he can include you in his list of women he’s screwed; but I doubt you’d mind that.

  2. supermayne

    July 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    what sign do you need?the ring wasn’t enough ama? Do not ruin his family and you need to dump your boyfriend, and finally, you need to find yourself a man

  3. Njeri

    July 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    sweerie, I kinda sorta feel you! There are a lot of women who are in your situation, just are just brave enough to come out with it. That said, what you’re doing is wrong. Period. Please find a way out before it’s too late and you end up with untold hurt. I’ll share with you my personal rule-for future cases- Once you spot the ring, or he mentions a wife or a girlfriend, run! Don’t accept a coffee, drink, dinner or whatever invite just run. That way you don’t have a chance to know how awesome he is!

  4. Carolynar

    July 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    LOL This is funny.
    You are just his toy , it doesn’t matter if you two are having fun…and its good that you haven’t done the nasty yet, btw if you do he will Leave you and go to the next one! LOL !!

    And by the way It’s highly unlikely that he’ll leave his wife for you and he if he does you’ll always be the other woman, even if you marry him.!

  5. mickey

    August 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    well dear i wont be the one to criticize you…..the thing is …i miss the old days when our grandfathers used to have load of wives n life went on……life is too short n sometimes one has to do what she has to do to be happy……well what you waiting for…not all men are dogs as most women will claim n and yet you still love them.

  6. Wats

    August 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Its not that all friendships have to end up in marriage, if it gives you piece of mind as you serach for Mr. Right, why not? just tell him its all about spending free time and thats it, once the free time is over, u move, why should anyone be lonely when she can be happy, and that man is just distributing happiness.

  7. gee

    November 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

    am also in such a situation and i have tried getting out of it but its damn hard. am really in love with him thou he told me he is married and have even met his son.

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