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John Michael Nchekwube Obinna | Midfielder

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Jose Mourinho will welcome Slovenian Champions Maribor to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night as Chelsea aim for another win in round three of the UEFA Champions League.
However despite their lowly ranking Mourinho will not be taking the game lightly as the minnows of Eastern Europe are currently unbeaten having already taken points from Sporting CP and Schalke 04. A victory would see Chelsea retain top spot and control Group G but the Portuguese coach must contend with a number of key injuries while considering their crucial tie at Old Trafford on Sunday. Diego Costa [hamstring] is currently rated as a big doubt while Andre Schurrle and Ramires did not train on Monday - neither will be considered for tomorrow. John Obi Mikel [foot] has also been ruled out after picking up an injury playing for Nigeria, despite making the bench at Selhurst Park he was not fit enough to train today. Oct 20 - 4:31 PM
Source: London 24

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John Obi Mikel returned to Chelsea's squad after missing time with injuries and looked healthy in their Champions League match in midweek.

Obi Mikel looked healthy but got booked in the match and will miss the second leg through suspension. That means that Mikel is likely to feature in Chelsea's match against Liverpool this weekend. Despite the likelihood of playing, Mikel is not a great fantasy choice. There are no instances in which Obi Mikel would be considered a good fantasy pick.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 25 - 1:37 PM

John Obi Mikel has been ruled out for Chelsea's match against Stoke City this weekend.

With Ramires still suspended and Frank Lampard possibly getting rest ahead of an important Champions League clash, we may have to see David Luiz in midfield once again. It's unknown how serious Mikel's injury is, but he has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea and is not an option for fantasy owners.
Source: ChelseaFC
Apr 4 - 2:00 PM

John Obi Mikel scored Chelsea's first goal in their 2-0 win over Derby in the FA Cup.

Chelsea played a strong squad on their way to a comfortable away win and they didn't miss a beat without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic. John Obi Mikel will be the usual replacement for Lampard for the rest of the month and he can be used as a fantasy reserve because of his cheap price. Oscar added the other Chelsea goal and he remains a valuable fantasy asset going forward.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 5 - 11:13 AM

Jose Mourinho has shuffled his starting lineup for the important Champions League clash against Schalke after losing to Newcastle over the weekend.

Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Schurrle, Oscar,Willian; Eto'o. Notable players who are missing from the starting lineup at Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard. The benching of Hazard and Mata should give them some motivation going forward. Fernando Torres is out with an injury and Frank Lampard is likely just given rest due to age.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is not a big fan of John Obi Mikel and is targeting Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich.

Gustavo is a solid holding midfielder who can be a great fit at Chelsea. He is certainly better than Mikel and if Chelsea can land him for the £15m they plan on offering, it would be a good addition. He would be a starter and could be a good, cheap, fantasy option.
Source: Mirror
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Galatasaray are continuing to negotiate for Chelsea defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Mikel is a player who has been talked about in the summer market and considering Mourinho's love for Michael Essien, it wouldn't be surprising to see him go. The price is still around £16m for the Nigerian international, which should be enough to sign Mikel.
Source: DailyMail
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 09:51:00 PM

Galatasaray are confident in their bid for Chelsea defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The bid is in the vicinity of £16m and Chelsea could probably use that money to grab a better defensive midfielder. John Obi Mikel is solid, but probably not good enough to take Chelsea to the top of Europe. Expect Mourinho to be on the lookout for a new defensive midfielder. Essien could also play the position if healthy.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 12:42:00 AM

John Obi Mikel failed to impress for his country in a 6-1 beating of Tahiti, which was unimpressive in itself.

Nigeria didn't play well and the only reason they won 6-1 is because they played Tahiti and luck was on their side. John Obi Mikel had another impressive display and it's unknown how well he has recovered from injuries this season. The encouraging sign was that he play the entire match.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 10:48:00 PM

Istanbul's Galatasaray are interested in Chelsea defensive midfielder John Obi Mikel.

John Obi Mikel may not be a Mourinho favorite and is not guaranteed a starting spot at Chelsea, so he may choose to move to Galatasaray if the interest is real. He had a season ending injury last season and it's unknown what his new role at Chelsea will be. If the offer is good, he may not be in England next season.
Source: Sportsmole
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 12:39:00 AM

Michael Essien has stated he is willing to play at any position at Chelsea next season, increasing his chances of staying at the club and of playing time.

Michael Essien is a jack of all trades. He is best at defensive midfielder but he has also been played at right back and centre-back. He can also push up fairly well. If Essien proves to be healthy and Chelsea have a solid right back option, he may replace John Obi Mikel in defensive midfield.
Source: Sportsmole
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 11:05:00 PM