Boost for Chelsea as they prepare to face Benfica

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic appears to be winning his battle to be fit for the Champions League clash with Benfica.

Ivanovic faces a fitness test ahead of the quarter-final first leg in Lisbon but trained with the rest of the Blues squad on Monday evening and seems to be making good progress.

He picked up a thigh problem during last week’s defeat at Manchester City and was forced to sit out the draw with Tottenham on Saturday

The defender’s extra-time goal against Napoli in the previous round took Chelsea into the last eight.

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