Cech, Terry, Eto'o, and Hazard all return to training ahead of Atletico contest

Clive Rose

The Blues could be getting a big boost ahead of their most important match of the season

Most fans were unsure what the Blues would look like on Wednesday when they faced Atletico Madrid with a Champions League final berth on the line. Both Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are definitely out due to suspension while Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are cup-tied, but more importantly, the club is currently riddled by injury. Fortunately, Jose Mourinho may have some very, very good news in that regard.

Petr Cech, John Terry, Samuel Eto'o, and Eden Hazard were all fit enough to train on Tuesday. Cech in particular is a major surprise, as he dislocated his shoulder just last Tuesday and was expected to miss up to three months recovering from the injury. The Czech keeper believes he's ready to go tomorrow, however, which will make for an interesting decision.

Terry was expected to be out for quite a bit longer, but the captain has traditionally come back from injuries quite a bit earlier than expected. Having missed only a week, conditioning shouldn't be too much of an issue if the center back is healthy enough to start. That would also free David Luiz up to play the midfield, something that would be a huge boost given the suspensions to both Lampard and Mikel.

Eto'o has also played recently enough that he might be in contention for a starting place, and given Mourinho's lack of confidence in either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba, it wouldn't be a shock to see him do so. Hazard has been out for quite a while though, and I'd have to imagine that he'll be on somewhat limited minutes. With stoppage time still a possibility, it's quite possible that he starts on the bench.

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