Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney both look to figure this weekend.
Fabio Capello could see the return of two key England players this weekend with both Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney hoping to feature for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
Left-back Cole – sidelined since January after breaking his ankle at Everton – has been named in the Blues squad to face Tottenham on Saturday. He will start on the bench but Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “He has trained well all week, is totally recovered and is 100 per cent fit.”
Meanwhile, England forward Rooney has also been touted for a return to action in the Manchester derby. Rooney sustained an ankle injury in the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich and has been monitored closely by Red manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Wayne has done some work in the last couple of days and we're going to assess how he does today (Friday) [in training] to see how he is for Saturday's game.
“The big problem is that all the players want to play. But we have to be 100 per cent sure that Wayne is ready,” said Ferguson.
The sight of both players would come as a welcome boost to England Manager Capello who spoke earlier in the week about injuries to England players.
“If Ashley Cole comes back by the end of the season it means he's fit. He'll need to play, but this is a better problem than having to get someone back to fitness,” said the Italian.
When asked how he monitors player injuries, Capello said: “That is the responsibility of the England medical staff. Our doctor is in daily contact with the club doctors, we know the situation in real time. It would not make sense for me to speak to club doctors, or to the players, we would not get the full picture. I speak to the players if I run into them at matches, but certainly not to assess their health.”