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Joey And Yak (& Obi Mikel) Cleared To Play

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According to the TimesOnline...

 

Chelsea and Everton received a boost yesterday when John Obi Mikel, Joseph Yobo and Yakubu Ayegbebi were given permission to postpone reporting for African Cup of Nations duty until after Tuesday’s Carling Cup semi-final. The Nigeria squad is due to meet for a training camp in Málaga on Sunday, but all three players have been given special dispensation by the Nigerian FA to delay their flights until Wednesday to allow them to play in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Everton are waiting to hear when Steven Pienaar, the midfield player, is required to report for duty with South Africa.

 

Both clubs stand to benefit from the diplomatic skills of Avram Grant, the Chelsea first-team coach, who has been working behind the scenes in an attempt to limit the damage that the African competition will do to his squad. The Israeli phoned Berti Vogts, the Nigeria coach, with a personal plea for Mikel’s release date to be postponed this week and received confirmation yesterday that the German was willing to grant his wishes.

 

Grant has had less success with Ivory Coast, however, with Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba due to report after tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie against Queens Park Rangers, despite Drogba’s knee injury.

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Wouldnt suprise me if it was down to Grant, Well Money Bags Abramovich. The top 4 managers just seem to get what they want nowadays.

 

So thats Arsene.W, Alex.F, Avram.G and Sven.GE:lol:

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Actually there are opposing reports out, i heard on 5live that they havn't been alowed to go. And romey already siad that there is some confusion over it all, so try reading the other posts before you critacise me.

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