Blues boosted by duo return


Paulo Ferreira and Joe Cole are closing in on a return to action after coming through a practice match against Fulham unscathed.

The duo have been on the sidelines with serious knee injuries but got in some much-needed game time during the 1-1 draw against the Cottagers yesterday afternoon.

Ferreira played the full 90 minutes, while Cole lasted just over an hour before being taken off and the duo will now be hoping to step up their fitness with a view to returning to the first-team squad in the next few weeks.