Anelka to miss festive games

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated that he does not plan to bring any new players to Stamford Bridge in January.

The former AC Milan boss insists that he would rather use some of the younger members of his squad than make any moves into the transfer market next month.

Michael Essien is a long-term injury victim while the Blues will definitely be without Nicolas Anelka for the matches against Birmingham City and Fulham over the festive period.

Deco is also sidelined while Didier Drogba is about to travel to Angola where he will be on African Cup of Nations duty for Ivory Coast.

But Ancelotti said:"I have a lot of confidence in my strikers, not only Drogba, not only (Salomon) Kalou, not only Anelka but also (Daniel) Sturridge and (Fabio) Borini.

"Against Fulham maybe we have only Sturridge and Borini, but in January we have Anelka.

"I have not asked to bring any new players to my club, we have a good solution internally. We don't need new players at this moment."

Ancelotti has also confirmed that he is unlikely to recall Franco Di Santo and Michael Mancienne from their loan spells at Blackburn Rovers and Wolves respectively.

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