Chelsea midfielder fit to face Basel

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been declared fit for Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg clash with FC Basel at Stamford Bridge, reports talkSPORT.

The 26-year-old Brazilian was substituted with less than half an hour on the clock in the Blues' 2-0 win over Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday, but should recover in time for the upcoming European tie.

Frank Lampard replaced Ramires - who has been one of Rafa Benitez's key performers in 2012/13 - and went on to score one and assist another, taking the England international's overall tally to 201 Chelsea goals.

The 34-year-old might have hoped his impressive performance will have earned him a place in the starting line-up for the midweek encounter, with Chelsea holding a 2-1 advantage from last week's first leg in Switzerland.

However, if Benitez's latest comments regarding Ramires's fitness are to be believed, then Lampard will probably have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench again when the teams walk out in west London later this week.

"I think he [Ramires] will be fine. It was a kick on his leg," confirmed the Spaniard. "The strapping was just a precaution."


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