Wednesday 16 May 2012

Cahill and Luiz fitness boost for Chelsea

Blues defenders return to training ahead of Saturday's Champions League final

Chelsea's David Luiz and Gary Cahill could be fit for the showdown against Bayern Munich

Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz could win their battles to be fit for Saturday's UEFA Champions League final.

Both players have returned to training this week to give the Blues a huge boost ahead of the final against Bayern Munich this weekend.

Cahill, 26, has not played since the semi-final second leg in Barcelona on April 24th after picking up a hamstring injury at the Nou Camp.

He was substituted after only 12 minutes and missed the Barclays Premier League matches against Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers as well as the FA Cup final.

"Touch wood I will have no reaction and be ready for selection on Saturday"
- Gary Cahill

"It was nice to be back out there, running and playing football," Cahill told the club's official website. "I was doing a bit of everything.

"I worked on my sharpness at the weekend without the lads and it felt really good, so for me to get the full week in before Saturday will be positive.

"We have three sessions now before Saturday and we will do what needs doing. Hopefully I can kick on from here. I'm just happy that the injury healed quickly. We've worked really hard every day.

"Touch wood I will have no reaction and be ready for selection on Saturday."

Luiz has also been out with a hamstring injury and has not featured since the FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

And he was delighted to be back training.

"I was so happy I came back to training and I did 100% of the session, and I did all of the movements," said Luiz.

"All the players in the world want to play in the Champions League Final and I am counting the days."

The updates are welcome ones for Chelsea as defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are suspended for the final. Raul Meireles and Ramires are also banned.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill return to training
  • Both players have been out with hamstring injuries
  • Duo could play in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich