Morientes to face Blues
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fernando Morientes has been passed fit for Valencia's clash with Chelsea.
Fernando Morientes has been passed fit for Valencia's UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea.
The former Liverpool man has been cleared by doctors to play in Tuesday's quarter-final second leg with a protective bandage on his injured shoulder.
Morientes suffered the shoulder injury last month playing in Spain's Euro 2008 qualifier with Iceland.
The 30-year-old was expected to be sidelined for a month, but he has made a quicker than expected return to fitness and with the shoulder protection he should line-up against Jose Mourinho's men on Tuesday.
Valencia's club doctor Antonio Giner admitted the shoulder protection will limit Morientes' movement, but says the player is happy to play with it.
"The player is comfortable with the protection," Giner told the Spanish press.
"He will only be able to make a few movements with the arm but it is sufficient for him to play.
"More importantly, Morientes wants to play the match."
Meanwhile, Valencia defender Emiliano Moretti is confident they can finish the job off against Chelsea after earning a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last week..
Moretti hopes Valencia can capitalise on the fact that Chelsea need to attack at La Mestalla to progress to the semi-finals.
"We will have to be concentrated for the full 90 minutes and all of us know we are playing one of the best teams in the world," said Moretti.
"They have great potential up front because Drogba and Shevchenko are strikers with a great physical presence and goalscoring ability and they work very well together.
"We have a slender advantage, like we did against Inter.
"We hope they will come here and try and attack because they need to win the game because sometimes they don't like to give away any space."