May 15 2012
Gary Cahill has completed his first full training session for three weeks ahead of Chelsea's Champions League final and declared: "I will be fit."
Cahill and David Luiz both appeared to come through unscathed as they stepped up their comeback from hamstring injuries just four days before Saturday's showdown with Bayern Munich.
England defender Cahill, who suffered his injury during last month's epic semi-final second leg at Barcelona, said: "I'm just happy that it's healed quickly. We've worked really hard, all day, afternoons, and I'm fortunate enough to be back. Hopefully, I'll be fit, I will be fit, and hopefully I'll be out there if selected."
It was a huge boost for Chelsea, who were in danger of going into the Allianz Arena clash without any recognised senior centre-backs.
Cahill added: "First full session with the boys today after my injury, so nice to get back out there and get running around and kicking a ball about. There's some work to be done in two or three days now leading up to the game for me to get back into it.
"And if I need to do a little bit of other training, I'll do that. But, touch wood, there's no reaction from today and I felt fine out there."
Cahill, who joined Chelsea from Bolton in January, admitted Saturday's game would be the biggest of his life.
"I think it's the biggest game for probably many of the boys," he added. "We're under no illusions how big the game is. It's going to be a good night and, hopefully, it goes to plan."
Cahill was desperate to hear the famous Champions League music one more time this season.
"It's just like when the national anthem plays for England, isn't it?" he said. "It is a sort of hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment when you hear it and it gets you geed up and fired up for the game.