Star defender Alex will boost Chelsea's quest for Champions League glory - as well as their title hopes  - with a return from injury for the all important clash with Manchester City at the weekend.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti told reporters last night, "Alex will not be involved tomorrow [for the Champions League tie] but he will be involved in Sunday's game."


Alex injured his knee back in November last year, just as Chelsea were moving into their worst run in the Barclays Premier League in over 15 years. While the defender has been injured and recovering in Brazil, the Blues went from top of the table to fourth, nine points shy of leaders Manchester United.

Alex’s return will no doubt boost the confidence of Chelsea, which are now working to peal back the points that separate them from the table leaders. At the moment Chelsea have only lost two games this year, and are working their way back into title contention.

Chelsea face Manchester City this weekend, and should they win they can move from fourth position to third.

Alex’s return leaves only one Chelsea player on the injured list – Yossi Benayoun with an Achilles problem. However the Isreal captain is also on the mend, with Ancelotti planning a return for the midfielder.

He said: “Benayoun will come back to train on Thursday or Friday, so this is a fantastic moment for us, to have all the players fit."

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