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Chelsea battle to get Cahill and Luiz fit for Champions League final

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is desperate for defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill to be fit for the Champions League final. The Italian revealed Luiz and Cahill had not recovered sufficiently from hamstring injuries to play in Sunday's final Premier League game of the season against Blackburn Rovers.

"Now we're trying our hardest working towards next Saturday in the hope they'll be in the group training next week," said Di Matteo, who will have no other recognised centre-halves at the Allianz Arena, with John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic both suspended.

"We tried, but he (Luiz) wasn't ready so now we're trying for the last game," said Di Matteo, refusing to expand on the likelihood of that happening.

"It's difficult to give it as a percentage.

"They're at similar stages - not available for Sunday, and next week we'll push them to be available for the group."

It would have been more than a month since Luiz last played were he to take to the field next Saturday, with Cahill having been out for almost as long.

Di Matteo said: "They've been out three or four weeks, not like three or four months. We have to push them as hard as we can."

The Italian refused to be drawn on how fit each would have to be for him to risk them, saying: "I have next week to make those assessments. It'll be like that in the last couple of days, to see what level they reach."

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