African boys back - so now what?

Last updated : 12 February 2008 By Paul Lagan
With the African boys back today and having a day off, Chelsea are almost back to full strength.
Only John Terry and Andriy Shevchenko remain injured for any length of time.
JT reckons he'll be back for the Carling Cup final in two weeks, but Avram Grant reckons that is a tad optimistic.
As ever, I'm with JT on this one so Grant will have his first major selection headache to make.
Should JT automatically return to the side at the expense of Alex?
With Ricardo Carvalho providing the natural complement to the hard-hitting duo, one cannot seriously expect Grant to drop the Portugal defender.
But Brazilian Alex has been the player of the season so far for the Blues.
Would it be right to deny him the chance of playing at Wembley?
Up at the other end, what does Grant do about Anelka and Drogs?
Does he play them both?
Frank Lampard returned to the fray against Liverpool and showed that he is still one of the "invincibles".
Florent Malouda made way for him in a less than satisfactory midfield which had Ballack and Makelele plodding the same ground as Lamps.
The introduction of Mikel boosted the power of the midfield and Chelsea almost snatched three points rather than the actual single point from the no-score draw bore.
So it's decisions, decisions, decisions for Avram.
He managed to squirm out of them so far as injuries and the African Cup of Nations has prevented him needing to make an unpopular selction.
Now we will see if he has the steely-decision making ability of the twice Premier-League-winning Jose Mourinho.

The name Mourinho is never mentioned within the hallowed walls of Stamford Bridge now.
Like Lord Volermort in the Harry Potter series of books, Mourinho is mentioned only as "he who shall not be named".
However unlike the evil Volermort, Mourinho was a shining becon of straight-forwardness and loyality to his employers.
Grant has a lot to live up to in the coming months as the trophies are finally won or lost..
Recent results suggest the momentum is beginnig to ebb away from Chelsea's performances, Mourinho would have a plan - does Grant?