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Chelsea Team News & Injury Update: Latest On Cole, Marin & Cahill

Chelsea take on west London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night looking to open a gap between themselves and Tottenham. Here’s the latest team news


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Chelsea take on west London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night looking to open a gap between themselves and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues head into the game sitting fourth on goal difference from Spurs so will be looking to take advantage of their game in hand and open up a three point gap which would put them in a strong position to finish in the top-four this season.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez has given a team news and injury update ahead of the game with the latest on Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Marko Marin.

Left-back Cole hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring during an FA Cup quarter final win over Manchester United two weeks ago while Cahill has also missed several games with a knee problem, and although Benitez has confirmed the duo are progressing well, tomorrow nights game will still come too soon for them.

The Spaniard also confirmed attacker Marin picked up a slight problem in training on Tuesday but it’s not thought to be too serious. Here is what the boss told the clubs official website:

‘Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are progressing and doing well but they won’t be ready for this game,’

‘Marko Marin had a little problem but has been training today. He had a problem with his thigh but it’s nothing serious.’

With Chelsea’s packed fixture list not getting any easier, Benitez is expected to once again rotate his squad for the visit to their local rivals, with the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard likely to return to the starting line-up after missing out during Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup semi final defeat to Manchester City.

Now we’ve seen the team news what would be your preferred starting line-up for the game? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.



  1. sasramsey

    April 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Benitez shud be featuring torres n ba 2gethr

  2. chukwukasolomon

    April 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    its a good report may be our defence line up may be strong to face any team

  3. Ibro

    April 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    That is nice return for JT super Frank.pls RAFA play Ba nd Torres

  4. marwana kogari

    April 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Rafa play ba and torres together

  5. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    April 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Good to play both

  6. Chidi Peter

    April 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Cole and Chill’s absence cost us a bit happy they would be ready soon, I would love to see the pairing of Torres and Ba, Mata behind the pair, Oscar/Moses and Hazard from wide areas, Ramires in the middle of the park, Ivanovic at right side for Ceser Azpi, he’s developing fine but he should not be the man to be starting every game most concerned vital match, Luiz, Cahil and Cole in CB and LB respectively when both return, Cech is always the first choice but not wise Courtois must come back

  7. Michael Lincoln

    April 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I wish Benitez should start Mikel, for the mid-field to hold tight. So chelsea to play 4-4-2, with combination of Torres and Ba at the front

  8. olajide awolola

    April 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Benitez should try start demba ba and torres together for confirmation.

  9. emma james

    April 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Rafa shld stop playin propacanda by rotatin players,hw wil they no each orda,as @ nw chelsea dnt hav .1st 11,rada he shld continue wit d players he used against MAN city.

  10. Victor ofem

    April 17, 2013 at 4:12 am

    My starting eleven should be,pete cech,JT,D liuz,batraind,aspiliacuta,mikel,ramires,hazard,oscar,mata and ba

  11. tijani taiwo

    April 17, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Plz rafa, we nid dix match dan any oda tin,
    1.cech, 2.azpilicueta 3.bertrand 4.mikel.5.ivalovic.6.luiz.7.hazard.8.ramirez.9.baa.10.mata.11.torres,
    i tink dix wil b gud witout gving ux any problem. 4.4.2 cn do dix althoug we wil mix few of our injury man especially ,cole nd cahill….,………….,…..,.

  12. Hopzeekid

    April 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Ba and torres shuld be given trail…cech,iv,luiz,jt,betrand,lampard,mikel,mata,hazard,torres,ba…oscar shuld take a nap 4 d game cuming on as sub 4 lampard

  13. Abubakar

    April 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    chelsea should please not take any chances against any club,chelsea are not fighting for top four bt top three..

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