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Friday 24 November 2017

Terry hopes to return for Cup final as injury fears quelled Kennedy and McPhail help Cardiff to final

Chelsea captain John Terry could return to training as soon as this morning after a scan showed he had not broken a bone in his foot.

Fears that the 29-year-old may have fractured a metatarsal -- leading to worries he would miss Saturday's FA Cup final and be a major fitness doubt for the World Cup -- were allayed by yesterday's scan, which revealed no major problem.

And Terry revealed he hopes to play at Wembley on Saturday as Chelsea aim to complete the first Premier League and FA Cup double in their history.

Terry said: "I took a slight knock in training but, with such an important match on Saturday, the right course of action was to put a protective boot on my right foot and have a CT scan.

"The scan has shown there is no break and I am hoping to train today if not Friday and play in the FA Cup final on Saturday."

The knock had been a cause for concern for Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the final with Portsmouth and England manager Fabio Capello, who announced his provisional 30-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.



Kennedy and McPhail help Cardiff to final

STEPHEN McPHAIL and Mark Kennedy took one step closer to a return to the Premier League as they played a full partin Cardiff City's Championship promotion play-off semi-final win over Leicester City.

Despite losing 3-2 on the night, Cardiff's 1-0 lead from the first leg ensured extra-time and a penalty shoot-out, and Dave Jones' side prevailed to set up a final at Wembley with Blackpool.

But it so nearly could have been Leicester's night after they came back from the early shock of Michael Chopra's opener to take a 3-2 aggregate lead courtesy of Matt Fryatt, a Mark Hudson own goal and Andy King's header.

Peter Whittingham, who grabbed the only goal in the first leg at the Walkers Stadium, scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-2 on the night and 3-3 overall.

Chopra, Ross McCormack, Joe Ledley and Kennedy all found the net for the Bluebirds with unnerving accuracy, but asked whether his side had practised beforehand, Jones said: "No.

"You can't go out to the training ground and have 28,000 fans baying for blood and everything else, it's impossible," he added.

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