Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has defended his refusal to "dial 911" for Alex as a matter of principle.
That is despite a potential injury crisis and Villas-Boas' previous claims that defender Alex - and striker Nicolas Anelka - could yet earn a recall to his first-team squad.
If ever there was a time to bring Alex in from the cold, it is now, with Chelsea potentially down to just one fit centre-half for the west London derby with Fulham but Villas-Boas insisted he would rather play Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira or Oriol Romeu out of position than turn to a man he banished from his squad for submitting a transfer request.
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