Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill in Chelsea squad to face Basel in Europa League
Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are in the Chelsea squad to face Basel in Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg.
Last Updated: 24/04/13 7:17pm
The defenders left London for Switzerland on Wednesday morning after recovering from recent injuries.
Cole has shaken off a hamstring strain suffered in the FA Cup quarter-final replay win against Manchester United on 1 April, while Cahill has been passed fit following a minor knee operation on 30 March.
"Both are here and will train. They are fine," said Benitez.
"Obviously fatigue when you play so many games and travel around Europe is a key factor to consider.
"I praise my staff because we try to manage the squad in the best way possible. Still the team is [playing] good games and we have fresh legs in some players. We have to rotate, change and manage players."
Oscar came off at during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool with a groin problem but is also among the 19-strong party.