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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti concerned by injuries

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Salomon Kalou stretchered off
Chelsea's Kalou is carried from the pitch in the match against Newcastle

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was more concerned by injuries to three of his players than the result in the Carling Cup third round defeat by Newcastle.

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun and forwards Gael Kakuta and Salomon Kalou suffered problems in Chelsea's 4-3 loss.

"We will know more tomorrow but they don't look good. They will miss the next few games," revealed Ancelotti.

"Kakuta had a problem on his leg while Benayoun's injury is his calf and Kalou hurt his thigh."

Kakuta went off at half-time after a tackle by Ryan Taylor, while Kalou himself was replaced in the 56th minute.

At half-time, Ancelotti also brought Alex on for John Terry, meaning that Benayoun's injury forced the Blues to play the final 28 minutes of the match with 10 men.

However, at this stage Chelsea were already 3-1 down after Nile Ranger's volley had cancelled out Patrick Van Aanholt's opener before Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi put Newcastle in control.

A brace from Nicolas Anelka - the second a late penalty after Alex was fouled by Cheik Tiote in the box - drew Chelsea level, but Ameobi's injury-time header from a corner won it for the visitors.

"I am disappointed with the result but happy with the performance. We had a fantastic reaction when down 3-1 and it was 10 against 11," added Ancelotti.

"There was good spirit and personality from the young players. The game was very difficult but at the end we are happy for the performance of our players.

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"The Carling Cup is not our priority. We have a very big game this weekend. We wanted to give an opportunity to our young players to improve their skills and rest some of the first-team players. I am not so disappointed.

"We did our best. I am disappointed for the result because we conceded four goals but the performance was good."

Chelsea face fellow title aspirants Manchester City at Eastlands on Saturday, with the Londoners looking to preserve their 100% start to the Premier League season.

Meanwhile, Newcastle face Stoke at St James' Park in the league on Sunday.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton was understandably delighted with his players.

"We showed great character and great finishing to get back in the game," he stated.

"The equaliser for them to get back to 3-3 was the softest penalty you will ever see and it got them back in the game. Fortunately, it was us that stopped the game going to extra time.

"I didn't think it was a penalty. That is an understatement. It disappointed me. If we had not got the winner and it had gone to extra time, it would have been a travesty.

"This was a game that most people felt we couldn't win, irrespective of what side they put out.

"It speaks volumes for the players in the changing room. Hopefully it will give us the momentum to go into the next few games."



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