Blues expect defender boost
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is optimistic regarding the chances of Gary Cahill and David Luiz being fit for the Champions League final.
Last Updated: 02/05/12 10:34am
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is optimistic regarding the chances of Gary Cahill and David Luiz being fit for the UEFA Champions League final.
The Blues have seen their centre-half options decimated by injury, with full-back Jose Bosingwa asked to provide cover during Sunday's 6-1 mauling of Queens Park Rangers.
It was feared that he may be forced to fill a similar role when Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the final of European football's premier club competition on 19th May.
With Cahill and Luiz nursing hamstring complaints, and Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry set to miss the game through suspension, the Blues were facing something of a selection dilemma.
Cahill and Luiz are running again, though, and while they are unlikely to figure in Saturday's FA Cup final date with Liverpool, they could be ready to face Bayern.
"Hopefully they'll be ready before," said Di Matteo.
"I have hope but we don't know yet."
For now, Di Matteo's focus is locked on a Premier League meeting with Newcastle, with the Blues set to welcome their fellow top-four hopefuls to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The importance of that encounter is lost on no-one inside the Chelsea camp and Di Matteo insists there is no chance of his players taking the game lightly in an effort to keep themselves fully fit for two cup final appearances.
He said: "We cannot allow ourselves to think like that and I think we've shown before that we don't do that, in the (FA Cup) semi-final against Spurs before the Champions League semi-final, and at Arsenal and so on.
"I don't think that'll be an issue for us.
"We know how important the game is for our club and the players who are going to be playing will be fully committed."