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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 09:52 GMT 10:52 UK
Mourinho refuses to up squad size
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho is set to stay at Chelsea, even though there is speculation over his future
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out increasing the 24-man squad he prefers to operate with, despite the club's injury troubles this season.

"It is impossible to have a squad of 35 players," he told The Guardian.

"What we have to do is pray as the situation we have in terms of injuries is not possible to be repeated.

"Maybe next season I have big, big problems to chose a team because I have 24 players ready to play and everybody is fit."

He added: "It is something we cannot control and I think the numbers we had this season were correct."

Mourinho will also lose a strong contingent of his squad during the African Cup of Nations next season.

Strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, midfielders Michael Essien and Mikel Jon Obi as well as Geremi are likely to be unavailable to Chelsea but Mourinho is philosophical about their loss.

"The competition is between 20 January and 10 February, so it about 20 days long," he said.

"By the rules the players have to go eight to 10 days before that, so it is around a month.

"That's one month when there are some Carling Cup and FA Cup games, so I don't think it is a period with seven Premiership matches.

"I think there will be three, maximum four league games.

"We have to look at it like a moment when the players are injured and we cannot use them."

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