CHELSEA have suffered further another injury setback after defender Alex was ruled out for a month because of thigh trouble.
The 28-year-old Brazilian international centre-half, who made his Chelsea debut in 2007, was injured in training.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is also expected to be sidelined for around a month because of a calf problem.
And former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who signed for the Blues earlier this month, is also out with a groin injury.
Cech’s injury means backup goalkeepers Ross Turnbull and Hilario will get a chance to stake a claim for goalkeeping spot in today’s friendly with Dutch side Ajax.
“I think that against Ajax we will play 45 minutes each for Turnbull and Hilario, and I think Turnbull will start the game,’’ Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti said.
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