Chelsea sweating over defensive duo

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Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo is hopeful David Luiz and Gary Cahill manage to return to fitness in time for the Champions League final on May 19.


The Stamford Bridge interim boss revealed the two centre-backs are racing against time to be ready for the European season finale against Bayern Munich in the German's home ground, the Allianz Arena.


Both John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are suspended for the game, so Di Matteo will be without all of his recognised central defenders if the injured two are not fit in time.


“We are trying our hardest to have them in the group training next week,” the Italian said in his pre-match press conference.


“They have been out three or four weeks so it is not like three months and with the suspensions we have, we have to push them as hard as we can.”


Di Matteo revealed they had expected to have Luiz available to face Blackburn Rovers in their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday, but he will miss out.


The Blues will also not be worrying about England’s Euro 2012 squad and will risk Cahill in the final, even if he is short of match practice, and claimed that was the only priority for the club.


“We always try to get them back as soon as possible and we tried but he [David Luiz] wasn't ready and so now we are trying for the next game,” the former Blues midfielder added.


“We have to look at ourselves and our interests rather than think about Euro 2012 and if Cahill is fine he will play.”


Chelsea need not worry about getting a win against Blackburn, as they are guaranteed to finish sixth and will likely rest a number of the players that are expected to start against the Bundesliga side the following Saturday.

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