Blues rest Essien for Bolton game

Chelsea rested midfielder Michael Essien after the exertions of their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek.

John Mikel Obi replaced Essien in the holding role while Ricardo Carvalho was preferred to Alex in the centre of defence.

Bolton were unchanged from the side that demolished Middlesbrough 4-1 last weekend with Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander in attack.

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