Zhirkov among Blues absentees

New signing Yuri Zhirkov is one of five Chelsea absentees for their opening Premier League clash with Hull at Stamford Bridge (12:45pm).

Last Updated: 14/08/09 at 15:46

Zhirkov: Misses out

Zhirkov: Misses out

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Zhirkov is out with a knee injury, while Juliano Belletti (Achilles) and defender Alex (groin) are also set to miss out.

Joe Cole (knee) and Paulo Ferreira (knee) are back in training but the fixture comes too soon for the pair.

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