THERE was never any question of Gary Cahill sitting out Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Leicester City in the aftermath of the terrible on-pitch collapse of former team-mate Fabrice Muamba.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo revealed that he spoke to Cahill (pictured) ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge and was satisfied that the ex Bolton defender would be OK to play.
It was a bitter-sweet afternoon for the Blues defender. He headed home the opening goal in the 5-2 win to open his account for the club, but was clearly emotional in post-match interviews.
After his goal, he lifted up his shirt to reveal the slogan: 'Pray 4 Muamba' – a reference to his stricken ex team-mate, who is fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack during Bolton's quarter-final tie at Tottenham on Saturday night.
“No, there was no doubt about him playing,” Di Matteo said.
“We checked with him before the game and he's obviously shaken, like the whole football community – and our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Fabrice.
“He [Cahill] managed to focus on the game and he had a very good game as well.”