Interim Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has revealed the Stamford Bridge side have further injury worries ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday.
The Blues notched a Premier League final day win on Sunday, triumphing 2-1 over relegated Blackburn Rovers, but Di Matteo revealed that France winger Florent Malouda had to be withdrawn with a hamstring injury.
While it was only a precautionary measure, Chelsea already have a long list of absentees for the showdown with Bayern Munich and any further injury problems will only cause further selection problems.
“We took him off as precaution. He has a tight hamstring so we will assess him but hopefully he will recover over the next day or so,” Di Matteo told the official club website.
Central defensive duo Gary Cahill and David Luiz are also suffering from hamstring problems and have been going through intensive rehabilitation to try and get them fit in time for the game at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Bayern’s home ground.
Di Matteo revealed the pair are improving and was hoping to step up their preparation to make the game that will decide Roman Abramovich’s club miss out on Champions League football for the first time in ten years.
“They are getting better day by day and we are going to try to push them on from tomorrow. We are going to try to push them this week in training and see how far we can take them,” added the Italian.
Luiz and Cahill’s fitness is essential considering that captain John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic will both miss the game through suspension.
They are not the only ones to miss out; midfielders Ramires and Raul Meireles are also banned.