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Joe Cole set for surprise Chelsea start

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to hand Joe Cole an unexpected start in their Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia.

The Sun says Ancelotti's injury-ravaged side arrived here late last night for their match with Apoel.

And while Ashley Cole did make the trip despite a knee problem, Michael Ballack and John Obi Mikel stayed at home.

That leaves a gap in the Blues midfield and Cole is ready to make only his second start in nearly 10 months after a knee injury.

He played in Chelsea's Carling Cup win over QPR last Wednesday midweek then missed Saturday's Wigan defeat with a cold.

But Cole is raring to go having last appeared in the Champions League against FCR Cluj in December.

He is likely to start in a reorganised midfield with Juliano Belletti also in contention to play anchor.

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