Malouda sits out Spartak tie

Ankle injury sidelines French ace

Malouda: Ankle problem

Chelsea ace Florent Malouda has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow.

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Malouda misses the game at Stamford Bridge after picking up an ankle injury in last weekend's win over Blackburn.

He joins Frank Lampard on the sidelines with the England international still not ready to return from the groin problem which has forced him to miss the last 11 games.

Lampard is hoping to make his long-awaited return against Liverpool this weekend and he is rated 50-50 for the Anfield showdown.

Portuguese defender Jose Bosingwa is also ruled out of the Spartak game because he is struggling with illness.

Yossi Benayoun remains a long-term absentee for the Blues, but Brazilian midfielder Ramires is fit again for Carlo Ancelotti's side after recovering from an ankle injury.

Ancelotti is hopeful Malouda's injury is not serious and that he will be fit to face Liverpool this weekend.

"Malouda has an ankle problem," confirmed Ancelotti. "He twisted it in the last game and had a scan yesterday. He will have another one today but we don't think it's a big problem.

"It was a little twist. I hope he will be ready for the game at Liverpool.

"Lampard and Benayoun will be out, and Bosingwa has not felt well and did not train, so he's not available.

"We have a lot of games coming up and I don't want to take a risk. We have important games against Liverpool and Fulham and we want to play them with the players in good condition."