Saturday 25 November 2017

Blues train ahead of United clash

Chelsea appear to have no new injury concerns for tomorrow night's Champions League showdown against Manchester United.

The Blues trained this morning at their Cobham headquarters, with all their senior players taking part in the session.



That included David Luiz, who is cup-tied in the Champions League, and is set to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic for tomorrow's quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.



But the big question will be who starts up front, with Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou vying for what has recently been two berths.



If body language is anything to go by, Torres looks set for a recall.



Manager Carlo Ancelotti spent the opening few minutes of training engaged in discussion and friendly banter with the misfiring Spaniard, even pretending to throttle and punch him.



Drogba staked his claim to partner Torres by scoring the equaliser in Saturday's Barclays Premier League draw at Stoke, ending his own long goal drought.



However, the duo have failed to forge an understanding on the field on the rare occasions they have been partnered, while Nicolas Anelka has been scintillating in the Champions League this season.



Kalou, meanwhile, is arguably in the best overall form of the quartet.



Although, with all four strikers netting just three goals between them in the last two months, that is not saying much.



Yossi Benayoun and Alex both trained this morning but Ancelotti has already said the duo are unlikely to play a part tomorrow as they continue to build up their fitness following long-term lay-offs.



Ancelotti will address the media tonight, when he may reveal more about his likely line-up.

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