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SWP's ankle still a worry

Shaun Wright Phillips versus Chelsea

Shaun Wright Phillips versus Chelsea

With Stephen Ireland confirmed as an injury absentee for a fortnight, there are also several other fitness concerns in Roberto Mancini’s squad.

A troublesome ankle that has kept Shaun Wright-Phillips out of the Manager’s first two games in charge of the Blues remains a concern for the winger, while Roque Santa Cruz continues to have treatment on the calf strain that also forced him to miss out against Stoke and Wolves.

Nedum Onuoha remains on track to return from the calf problem that saw him sidelined for three to four weeks after the Sunderland game. Wayne Bridge, who suffered a knee ligament injury in the win over Chelsea at the start of the month, is also making good progress but will remain out of the reckoning until into the New Year.

Midfielder Ireland sustained a hamstring strain in Monday night’s win at Molineux and will be out for two weeks.

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Ireland out for two weeks

Stephen Ireland

Stephen Ireland has had a scan on the hamstring injury he picked up against Wolves and will be out of action for a fortnight.

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Garrido back with a bang

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Bellamy flattered but happy

Bellamy

Craig Bellamy has stressed that he wants to be part of the Blues planned rise through the ranks for as long as possible.