Chelsea given injury boost

Chelsea have received a fitness boost ahead of their crucial Champions League fixture against Benfica on Wednesday night, with Didier Drogba, David Luiz and Raul Meireles all training with the team on Tuesday.

Drogba and Meireles missed the Blues’ 4-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday through foot and knee injuries respectively, whilst Luiz was replaced in the victory.

However, all three appear to be back to fitness and ready for potential selection against the Portuguese outfit at Stamford Bridge.

The west London team go into the return fixture 1-0 up from the first leg, but Roberto Di Matteo knows that qualification to the semi-finals is by no means assured.

“It is a danger. This is half-time and we’re leading 1-0. But a 1-0 lead is basically nothing,” he stated at a pre-match press conference, covered by Sky Sports.

“Our players are aware of this, and we’ll have to go into this game with the right attitude, the same attitude as against Napoli.

“Nothing has been done yet. We’re aware of that. We need to go and qualify for the next round.

“I think there are a lot of clubs that would like to have so many games, to be involved in all these competitions.

“It’s very demanding for the players, but we’re in a good place. All the players are available, so that will help us.

“It might become an issue at some point. I don’t know.

“Fortunately, we have a fully fit squad, which will help us in the run-in, to be able to play every player we have and give everybody a chance,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight