Chelsea handed Champions League final boost as Cahill and Luiz return to training

Both defenders took part in a light session at the Blues' Cobham base as they race to be fit for the showpiece clash with Bayern Munich on Saturday at the Allianz Arena
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent at Cobham, Chelsea's training headquarters

Chelsea were given a Champions League final boost as David Luiz and Gary Cahill took part in first-team training on Tuesday afternoon.

The central defensive pair have both been absent in recent weeks with hamstring injuries but manager Roberto Di Matteo was given a lift by both taking part in a light session at Chelsea's Cobham training headquarters.

Luiz and Cahill were part of the first-team squad that did stretching and light ball work in driving rain at the club's Surrey base for around 40 minutes. A short practice match then took place afterwards involving the players that did not start Sunday's Premier League win over Blackburn Rovers.

The return of the centre-backs is especially important for Chelsea because captain John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are both suspended for the final.

Di Matteo had earlier confirmed at a press conference that the defensive pair would take part in training as they aim to be fit in time for Saturday’s showdown in Munich.

But he conceded that Florent Malouda was "touch and go" for this weekend’s final following a hamstring strain picked up in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn.

The interim manager's future at the Chelsea helm remains in doubt despite the club’s reversal in fortunes since he replaced Andre Villas-Boas.

Many believe that the former Blues player’s chances of landing the job permanently depend on whether or not he can secure a maiden Champions League title for the club on Saturday, but the 41-year-old refused to discuss his position ahead of the clash at the Allianz Arena.
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When asked about his future at Tuesday’s press conference, he told reporters: "My future will be holidays after Saturday. Footballing future? We'll see. I'm not thinking about that at the moment. It's the wrong time to be thinking about that.

“For me, personally, I'm a club person. I feel very responsible for the football club. I don't think about myself. What is at stake is we have a chance to bring the European title home for the first time in this club's history, and that's all that is important.

"I have a big drive and a big motivation to do something extraordinary for this club. That's all I want to do.
Whatever comes afterwards, there's always a reason why things happen.”