Defenders fit and Chelsea boss expects QPR handshakes

13:04 14 September 2012


Chelsea's John Terryi (left) is in for a hostile reception at QPR. Photo credit: Barrington Coombs/PA wire

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John Terry and Ashley Cole are expected to be fit for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League game at QPR tomorrow and to take part in the pre-match handshake, manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed today.

Terry and Cole have been in a race against time to recover from ankle injuries for the west London derby at Loftus Road.

But they have trained without incident for the past three days and are set for a reunion with Anton Ferdinand, who Terry was cleared in court of of racially abusing back in July.

“They’ve recovered, had a couple of days training and we expect them to be available for tomorrow,” Di Matteo said.

“We’re going to respect the rules and the protocol that is in place from the Premier League and set a positive standard to the millions of people watching across the world.”

He added of the handshake: “We’ll go ahead with it, yes.”

Marko Marin (hamstring) will be forced to wait a little longer for his debut, while manager Roberto Di Matteo must decide whether to continue to rest fellow winger Juan Mata, who was given a complete break during the international window.

Chelsea’s provisional squad: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Piazon, Torres, Sturridge, Turnbull.

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