Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Barclays Premier League
February 25, 2012. Kick-off: 1500
Jose Bosingwa has been ruled out of Chelsea’s clash with Bolton on Saturday after picking up a muscle problem in the Blues' 3-1 Champions League defeat against Napoli on Tuesday.
John Terry will be out for at least four weeks after it was confirmed he had undergone surgery on his troublesome knee ahead of the game in Naples, but Juan Mata will play despite breaking his finger and Fernando Torres has recovered from an illness.
For Bolton Mark Davies could feature despite struggling with a hamstring complaint, but Joe Riley and Kevin Davies are expected to miss out through injury.
Cahill: Bolton game will be ‘strange’
Gary Cahill has admitted he finds the prospect of going up against former club Bolton on Saturday in a Chelsea shirt is ‘strange’.
Cahill completed his long-awaited move to Stamford Bridge in January for a fee believed to be around £7 million to bring to an end a three year spell at the Reebok Stadium.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “It is really quick since I have come here to be playing Bolton so it will be strange, no doubt about that.”
The 26-year-old has been thrown in at the deep-end since making the switch to London, playing in the 3-3 draw with Manchester United earlier this month while also featuring in the 1-1 FA Cup fifth round draw with Birmingham and the 3-1 Champions League loss against Napoli on Tuesday.
Chelsea’s recent run of poor form has increased the pressure on boss Andre Villas-Boas, with media rumours speculating the 34-year-old may be removed from the post having only joined the club in the summer.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is under similar pressure as he attempts to guide his side away from the relegation zone, with the Trotters a point adrift of safety.
While his former side have struggled badly this season, Cahill remains adamant that Coyle at least deserves credit for trying to remodel their approach to the game that saw them previously branded as long ball specialists under former boss Sam Allardyce.
“In previous years under Sam Allardyce they had the players who are known to play a bit direct but things always change in football because as personnel gets older or moves on for whatever reasons, they obviously had to replace those players,” Cahill said.
“Some of the players who are in the squad now try to play football and move the ball quickly, as opposed to just route one, but they have still got that option with players like Zat Knight and Kevin Davies.
“But I do think it has changed a little bit and they try to play more attractive football now.
“The manager is a big believer in trying to express yourself and if you play football or you are a winger, he wants you to go out and take people on."