Alex out for three weeks

FOOTBALL: Chelsea defender Alex is facing a three-week lay-off after sustaining a thigh injury in the final stages of Sunday’s game with Arsenal.

The centre back picked up the injury after scoring a spectacular 85th-minute free-kick which clinched a 2-0 win.

He has withdrawn from Brazil’s forthcoming internationals with Iran and Ukraine and is set to miss Chelsea’s visits to Aston Villa and Spartak Moscow on 16 and 19 October