Di Matteo waiting on Malouda
Florent Malouda has joined the growing list of Chelsea players facing a race against time to be fit for the Champions League final on Saturday.
Last Updated: 14/05/12 5:43pm
Florent Malouda has joined the growing list of Chelsea players facing a race against time to be fit for the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday in Germany.
The Frenchman injured his hamstring while warming up for Sunday's victory over relegated Blackburn Rovers and was replaced by Paulo Ferreira just before the break.
But Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo insists his withdrawal was to prevent any further damage rather than a sign of serious injury.
"We took him off - precautionary - with a little problem with his hamstring," said Di Matteo. "Hopefully he'll recover as soon as possible."
Di Matteo, appointed caretaker boss two months ago following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, is already sweating on the fitness of defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill ahead of the match against Bayern Munich.
"They are getting better day by day," he added. "We're going to try to push them this week in training and see how far we can take them.
"We've had a very intense nine weeks here together and it's been fantastic. And we are all looking forward to next Saturday as well.
"It's been very emotional because I feel very responsible with this club, because I've played here, I've been part of it."