Roberto Di Matteo has been handed a fresh injury concern ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League final with the news that Flourent Malouda is struggling with a hamstring problem.
Punters who bet on soccer games will be keen to note that the Frenchman picked up an injury during the warm-up of Chelsea’s victory against Blackburn, going on to play 40 minutes before being replaced.
There will now be a nervous wait for the winger to discover if he will recover in time for this weekend’s trip to the Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich.
With four frontline players ruled out of the final through suspension, Di Matteo will be desperate to have the rest of his available players fit and ready to try and finally bring Champions League glory to Stamford Bridge.
Malouda will join Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the treatment room this week, where the Chelsea medical staff will be well aware of the importance in getting the key players back fit before this weekend’s clash in Germany.
Di Matteo admitted he was still not sure whether or not he would have his injured trio available to him against Bayern, highlighting the toll the closing stages of the season had taken on the Chelsea squad.
“We took Malouda off – precautionary – with a little problem with his hamstring,” said Di Matteo. “Hopefully he’ll recover as soon as possible.”
“Cahill and Luiz are getting better day by day. We’re going to try to push them this week in training and see how far we can take them.”
“We’ve had a very intense nine weeks here together and it’s been fantastic. And we are all looking forward to next Saturday as well,” added the Italian.
Most Soccer betting tips are tipping German side Bayern to go on and lift the trophy, with the fact they are playing at their home ground a big advantage.