Date: 18th August 2008 at 12:33pm
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At least Carlos Tevez will be back for the Portsmouth game. That’s about the only positive after yesterday’s frustrating 1-1 draw against Newcastle.

Michael Carrick was forced off after only 25 minutes with an ankle injury and will have to miss the next two weeks of the season. He won’t be able to play at Portsmouth or the European Super Cup game against Zenit.

Ryan Giggs’s recurring hamstring injury reared its head again and Sir Alex had no choice but to substitute the veteran Welshman, thus depriving us of further attacking edge. How long he will be out we do not know, let’s hope he’ll be back against Portsmouth.

And to cap an unbelievable week, another attacker, Frazier Campbell also picked up a knock – it looks like there’s some evil plan to deprive us of all our strikers and midfielders.

This injury crisis is almost unprecedented though last season, of course, saw something similar. At one point during the autumn, we had an entire first eleven on the sidelines – yet all we heard was how unlucky Chelsea were with their injuries. Just like in 2006/07, when Vidic missed more games than Terry yet Chelsea supposedly lost the title because we were ‘lucky’ with injuries.

Pundits make no excuses for us of course: we are expected to beat anyone with the entire first-team out, it’s only poor little Chelsea with their limited funds and small squad who cannot afford losing one or two players. So, the usual stuff.