Both John Terry and Anton Ferdinand are winning their respective fitness battles to play in Chelsea’s game against QPR on Saturday. Terry pulled out of the England squad with an ankle injury after the 0-5 win against Moldova and Ferdinand should recover from a shoulder injury. The pair are still awaiting the verdict from a FA investigation into the reported racial slur uttered by Terry in last year’s fixture.
Chelsea are reportedly leading the race for Lille left-back Lucas Digne. The 19-year-old has been identified as a possible replacement for Ashley Cole and L’Equipe understand that Chelsea, along with Manchester United and Manchester City, will continue to monitor the Frenchman’s progress this season.
Former Chelsea forward Ron Tindall passed away yesterday at the age of 76. Tindall played for the club from 1955 and left the club in 1961 striking up a partnership with Jimmy Greaves. Tindall scored 69 goals in 174 appearances and also played professional cricket with Surrey.
Chelsea have been named ‘European Club of the Year’ by the European Club Association. The organisation has 201 member clubs from around Europe and the teams awarded Chelsea for their ‘outstanding achievement during the 2011/12 season’.
Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz all starred in Brazil’s 8-0 friendly win against China. Oscar scored a penalty and set up 3 goals including one for club teammate Ramires and David Luiz started the game before being replaced in the 78th minute. Rumoured Chelsea target Neymar scored a hat-trick in the game and Ramires’ goal was reminiscent of his lob in the 2nd leg against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.
After Frank Lampard spoke of his experiences sharing a room with Robbie Dennison during a loan spell at Swansea City, Dennison has responded by claiming that Lampard displayed an ambition and drive already at a young age to suggest he would become a great player. Lampard revealed that he roomed with then 32-year-old Dennison when he was just 17 and that the experience helped him develop into a top player. When asked about Lampard, Dennison said: "He was a fantastic athlete, I remember that, first and foremost. He could run all day and still does now. He is a very intelligent lad, who seems to have no airs and graces. He is fully focused on his game.”
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