Chelsea receive injury boost

Striker - Demba BaChelsea have been boosted by the news Demba Ba should be fit to face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend.

The 27-year-old striker, whose goal earned victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, was taken off at half-time during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Sunderland with an ankle injury after a first-half challenge by Craig Gardner.

Ba did not take part in full training and is cup-tied for Thursday night’s Europa League quarter-final second-leg clash with Rubin Kazan in Moscow, having represented Newcastle earlier in the competition, but should be fit to be considered for Wembley.

“Demba Ba did not train, just as a precaution,” Benitez said. “It’s not too serious. He will not go to Moscow. Hopefully he can train here and be okay for the weekend.”

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