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Chelsea boosted as quartet train ahead of Atletico clash

ESPN staff
April 29, 2014
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Chelsea's European and domestic title hopes have been greatly boosted by the return to training of Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semifinal second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid.

Cech had been ruled out for the remainder of the season after dislocating his shoulder during last week's first leg at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, according to manager Jose Mourinho

However, the goalkeeper emerged for training with the rest of the Blues' squad on Tuesday morning and, according to Sky Sports News, said "of course" when asked if he was fit.

The injury is still expected to rule out Cech, who may still have surgery, for the rest of the season and he appeared to be carrying the arm awkwardly in jogging drills and stretches.

Cech, who missed the 2-0 win against Liverpool on Sunday, did not go through the same drills as Mark Schwarzer, who deputised for him for the game at Anfield and is still expected to remain in the side for the rest of the season.

Club captain John Terry also withdrew from last week's 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital early with an ankle injury that Mourinho claimed would rule him out unless Chelsea reached the May 24 final in Lisbon, but the centre-back was among his team-mates at Chelsea's Cobham training base ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Attacking midfielder Hazard, who was named the PFA's Young Player of the Year on Sunday, has not played since the second leg of the quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain on April 8, when he sustained a calf injury.

Eto'o has been out for 10 days with a knee injury since the striker scored in the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland on April 19.

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