DAVID Luiz, the Chelsea centre-back, could make his comeback from a hamstring injury against Blackburn on Sunday and remains confident of playing a full part in the Champions League final.
The Brazilian has been progressing well in training and, although he is unlikely to start Sunday’s match, there is a temptation to give him some playing time ahead of the game against Bayern Munich.
Roberto di Matteo knows that this decision is finely balanced and, while the priority is clearly not to risk any setback, it has to be weighed up against the fact that Luiz has not played since the FA Cup semi-final on April 15.
With John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic both suspended, Luiz is vital to Chelsea’s chances of beating Bayern Munich. Di Matteo also still hopes that Gary Cahill, his only other senior centre-back, will return for the Champions League final although he is behind Luiz in his rehabilitation.
Di Matteo is also monitoring more minor injuries to Didier Drogba and John-Obi Mikel, who should both be fit for the Champions League final.
With Chelsea now unable to finish in the Premier League's top four regardless of whether they beat Blackburn on Sunday, they must defeat Bayern Munich on May 19 to keep their place in Europe's elite club competition.