Ballack back to boost deflated Blues

Last updated : 17 December 2007 By Paul Lagan
Chelsea have little time to lick their wounds before preparing for the Carling Cup clash on Wednesday evening against Liverpool.
The two losers in 'Super Sunday' meet and Chelsea will be bolstered by the news that Michael Ballack is back.
The German skipper is almost a certain starter for the first time since last season.
Avran Grant said, following the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal to a question about Ballack's availaibity: "We will test him tomorrow (Monday) and if he feels good, he will be available."

Now this information from Grant has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
The man is developing the very irritating habit of avoiding saying anything - so this admission from him will be a barometer by which we will now judge him.

He was asked at the same press conference about bringing in new players in January. He talked of how difficult it is to bring in good players - Chelsea are owned by a multi-billionare.
When asked what sytle of player is required, he tried to give a usual non-answer.
However after three attempts, Grant finally admitted he was looking for an  "attacking player"
It was like pulling teeth - but the answer cannot be good news for either Andriy Shevchenko or Claudio Pizarro.
Having said that, neither have performed and so neither can have complaints should Grant actually open Roman Abramovich's chequebook.