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Chelsea handed a boost ahead of Atletico showdown

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Fans of Chelsea will be delighted to know that a couple of key players are fit enough to make it for the match day squad this evening as they go up against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. 

The Pensioners had lost both Petr Cech and captain John Terry to injury in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Their charismatic manager Jose Mourinho had also taken to the press to express his dissatisfaction with the Premier League for not being flexible enough to move their fixtures around to allow Chelsea a little bit more rest before their final showdown for the one remaining spot in the Champions League finals.

Eden Hazard, who got injured during the quarter final leg of the competition, will be making his return later today.  

Mourinho confirmed his return to the starting line up, "It is my option to start or not to start (him), but he is ready."

Samuel Eto'o could make a return later tonight but it is most likely Fernando Torres - who was rested for the most part for the clash against Liverpool -  will lead Chelsea out against his boyhood club.

Chelsea captain John Terry has also confirmed that he will be available for selection later on tonight.

"I did a full session and I did a full session (on Monday and Tuesday), and touch wood I've had no reaction."

The stalwart skipper had also taken some time out to reaffirm his loyalty to The Pensioners in the pre match-conference: "It’s the club I’ve been at since 14 and I’ve been nowhere else. I want to stay here for the rest of my footballing days. We’re in talks".

The 33-year-old will be hoping to make the line - up tonight to strengthen the side that Mourinho will field against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

The " Special One" will already be without the services of talismanic goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is still ruled out for the game even though he was seen training with the first team this past week as well as the midfield duo of John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard - both of whom played a crucial role in the away victory over Liverpool this past week - whom are suspended for collecting too many yellow cards.

Mourinho will need the leadership qualities of Terry if he is to overcome their obstacle, on the road to Lisbon.


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