BRANISLAV Ivanovic and Chelsea breathed a sigh of relief last night when the defender was declared fit to face Napoli in the Champions League.
There had been fears, Ivanovic, stamped on by the red-carded Ricardo Fuller on Saturday, may be out of the season-defining second leg match on Wednesday night.
Fuller's boot appeared to have hit a sensitive part of Ivanovic's anatomy between his legs in the first half incident, and the defender was replaced by David Luiz at right-back for the second half.
But caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo allayed fears over the Serbian's availability.
“Ivan has played six games in 15 days,” he said. “I just thought David was fresh and could push on a little bit more down the right, that was all. Ivan will be back Wednesday.”
Di Matteo indicated he might rotate his squad following the 1-0 win over Stoke on Saturday.
“For me the squad is important, and we need everybody involved because we have to do it with everybody it’s not just abut individuals because this is a team of 11 who go on the pitch, some are going to be on the bench.
“And the ones who were not (against Stoke) will probably be involved on Wednesday. And then we have the FA Cup, and then we have City and Spurs. So you know everybody is important.”