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Robben return boosts Blues
27 Apr 2007 - 16:25:07
Chelsea have been handed a boost as the season moves towards an exciting conclusion after Arjen Robben was able to return to training on Friday.
The Netherlands international has been sidelined since last month when he was forced to have knee surgery and he has not played since the FA Cup sixth round replay victory at Tottenham.
It had been thought that Robben would not play again this season, but assistant manager Steve Clarke confirmed: "Arjen Robben trained today. He's not ready to come back yet but he's on the way back so that's another positive sign for us.
"We're reasonably fresh. Fitness is good and injuries are good.
"The matches are stacking up but the players are in a good mentality for those matches. We can handle it.
"It's all about getting the players who have played matches recovered - letting their bodies recover, letting their minds recover.
"The boys who don't play the matches must keep working and, when they go in the team, they have to be ready to play.
"They're enjoying the moment, the adrenalin, the excitement and the thrill of the chase to get these trophies.
"They'll be very, very tired in the summer which might be bad news for the international players. Once they stop chasing and chasing and get time to sit back and relax, that's when the tiredness will kick in. But not at the moment."