AVB explains Spain trip

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Andre Villas-Boas has explained the reasons behind taking his Chelsea players on a mid-season trip to warmer climes.

The Blues jetted off to Mallorca following their weekend draw with Norwich and were given a day off on Sunday before going back to training on Monday.

Villas-Boas is keen to break the monotony of training at Cobham and had initially considered taking his charges to the Middle East.

However, the decision was made for Chelsea to remain closer to home by flying to Spain and will remain there for five days before heading back to London.

"We decided to go to Spain and not the Middle East just because of the difference of the time zones, it is much more aggressive and more tiring there, otherwise we would have gone over there," Villas-Boas told

"It is nothing new, winter camps are normally done with Premier League teams and we decided to opt for Spain.

"We gave them the day off on Sunday, in a different place, and regarding the work we will focus the same. It is just a break of routine, nothing new."

Frank Lampard, though, has not travelled with his teammates after sustaining a calf injury in the first half of the game at Carrow Road.

It is suspected the veteran midfielder as suffered a muscle tear and will remain in London where he will undergo a scan to discover the severity of the injury.

There is a possibility Lampard could fly to Spain if the injury proves not to be as bad as initially feared.

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