AVB rules out Alex recall

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Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated he will not bring Alex in from the cold, even if it means Chelsea starting Boxing Day's west London derby with John Terry as their only fit centre-half.

Blues boss Villas-Boas was asked on Wednesday whether he would reverse his decision to banish Alex from his first-team squad should the club suffer an injury crisis. Alex and Nicolas Anelka were sidelined at Stamford Bridge after submitting transfer requests.

However, ahead of Monday's game against Fulham, Villas-Boas simply said: "No."

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