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Shevchenko hands Chelsea boss Mourinho new headache

There will be pressure on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to select Andriy Shevchenko for next week's game against Blackburn Rovers.

Shevchenko has declared himself fit this week and will play for Ukraine on Saturday in their Euro2008 qualifier against Georgia.

The Guardian says Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, counts Shevchenko as a personal friend and he oversaw his £30m transfer from Milan in May 2006. Mourinho, though, has yet to be convinced by the 31-year-old and the pair fell out at the time of the Champions League semi-final second leg at Liverpool. Shevchenko was left out of the starting line-up and did not make the bench, after he felt an injury. Their relationship has been more difficult since.

Abramovich has ordered Mourinho to play more entertaining football and although the Portuguese is trying, starting with two wingers and, until the defeat at Villa, two strikers as well, the team has not yet clicked this season. A frustrated Abramovich made an early exit from his Villa Park seat and he expects to see Shevchenko return to action. Pressure will be on Mourinho to select him after the international break, on Saturday week, when Blackburn visit Stamford Bridge.

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