UEFA Champions League

Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o Train Before Chelsea V Atletico

COBHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  John Terry of Chelsea participates in a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on April 29, 2014 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

Chelsea captain John Terry and goalkeeper Petr Cech have both trained ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

The club's official Twitter reported the news, as well as further positive news regarding two other injury concerns in Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o, on Tuesday:

Terry and Cech both left the field with injuries in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid last week, a game that ended in a goalless draw.

Following that match, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ruled them out of contention for Wednesday's second leg, per The Guardian's Daniel Taylor:

However, the news of them training on Tuesday will be a huge boost for the West London outfit ahead of a game they must win to advance to their third European final in as many years.

COBHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Petr Cech of Chelsea participates in a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on April 29, 2014 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The return of Hazard and Eto'o will also provide a fillip for Chelsea. The Belgian has been the Blues' standout player this season, scoring 14 goals and creating 87 chances in 33 Premier League games, per Squawka.

Meanwhile, Eto'o's return will provide Mourinho with an alternative to Demba Ba and Fernando Torres up front for a game in which they must score.

Both sides will be looking to bag at least one goal in this leg in hopes of winning the tie and qualifying for the Champions League final in Lisbon on May 24.

Thus, Wednesday's game should be more open than last week's affair, which saw a very defensive Chelsea restrict Atletico effectively.

Certainly, Atleti striker Diego Costa believes the game at Stamford Bridge will be more open than the match in Madrid, per ESPNFC.com's Dermot Corrigan: "The game will be a little bit different to how [Chelsea] set up at the Calderon. ... I believe they will have to come out a bit more. We are going there in our best form, and we believe we have a chance to do something really big."

Chelsea come into the match having beaten Premier League leaders Liverpool 2-0 on Sunday, while Atletico retained their place at the La Liga summit with a 1-0 win at Valencia.

Diego Simeone's side will be looking for an away goal on Wednesday, which would then see Chelsea needing two goals to advance.

However, with Cech and Terry potentially back in the side, Atletico face a tougher task, while Hazard and Eto'o's presence should cause Madrid's defence some real problems.

Chelsea hold the slight edge going into Wednesday thanks to their home advantage, and their returning players should provide the boost they need to claim a famous win.

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