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Mikel And Kanu Clash

NIGERIAN midfielder John Mikel Obi says he hopes team doctors will clear him to play against Nwankwo Kanu when Chelsea plays against Portsmouth in the FA Cup this weekend.

Mikel has been out of action since last December when he fell badly in a challenge against Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Luca Modric but sees this weekend FA cup clash with Portsmouth as a date to return.

“I was made to understand that my injury is not too serious and that was why I was hoping to be back ahead of time, but now I am keeping my cool and waiting on the medical team to tell me when I can start playing,”  Mikel told     “There is an FA Cup against Portsmouth this weekend, let us see what happens whether I will be cleared for it.

“The manager will decide that when he has information from the doctor. I know it will be very soon as I am making progress to return to full fitness.”

Mikel also praised his Chelsea mates for a sterling performance at Wolves after a home loss to Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

Chelsea won 2-1 thanks to a late winner by England midfielder Frank Lampard after it fell 3-1 to Villa at Stamford Bridge.

‘The Blues’ are fourth on the EPL table with 37 points from 20 matches and still within striking distance of front runners Manchester City and Manchester United.

“It has not been easy for us in the past weeks, but it is a good thing that we bounced back and returned to winning ways. I commend the spirit of my mates who were available for the match. I am sure we will keep fighting on,” Mikel said.


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