Yeah baby! Cahill misses Stoke win as partner gives birth to boy… but what will they call it
23:45 GMT, 12 January 2013
23:59 GMT, 12 January 2013
Gary Cahill was allowed to skip the match at Stoke as his girlfriend Gemma gave birth to a baby boy, and had double cause for celebration as Chelsea got back on track with a 4-0 victory.
'We were training with Gary Cahill yesterday and had worked out the shape of the team with him,' said Rafael Benitez, 'but he had to go because his partner had a baby.
'The baby's fine, he's happy, she's happy, and we are happy, so everything has gone well.'
In training: Gary Cahill was with the squad this week but missed the trip to Stoke
Some obvious options arise for the baby's name. First, 'Frank' – in honour of Lampard, who became Chelsea's second all-time top scorer with his 194th goal, a well-executed penalty greeted by the travelling fans with a chorus of 'Sign him up'.
Second, 'John' – after Terry, who came off the bench for his first appearance for Chelsea since suffering a knee injury in November.
Or 'Eden' – after Hazard, who scored a screamer to cap a fantastic win.
Super 8: Frank Lampard scored again from the spot for Chelsea
Bad day at the office: Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty
More controversial, 'Rafael' and 'Fernando', after Benitez and Torres.
The manager, much maligned by fans, insisted his squad are still happy in training despite the reported discontent of his 50m out-of-form striker.
Finally, 'Jonathan', in recognition of the calamitous match for Stoke's Walters, who scored two fantastic own-goals and missed a penalty to complete a disastrous day at the office for Tony Pulis's team.