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Robben returns for Chelsea

Published: Tuesday 15 March 2005, 10.07CET
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Published: Tuesday 15 March 2005, 10.07CET

Robben returns for Chelsea

Premiership leaders Chelsea FC could welcome back Arjen Robben against West Bromwich Albion FC on Tuesday.

By Peter Sanderson

Chelsea FC welcome back Dutch international winger Arjen Robben for tonight's match with West Bromwich Albion FC as they look to move eleven points clear at the top of the English Premiership.

A month's absence
The 21-year-old Robben, who has made a huge impact since joining the London club from PSV Eindhoven last summer, has been sidelined since 2 February when he fractured his foot in a victory at Blackburn Rovers FC.

Top four
Although José Mourinho's side have since booked their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and captured the English League Cup, Robben's return will further strengthen Chelsea's claim for a first English league title in 50 years - and only a second overall.

Champions League
A win at Stamford Bridge against Bryan Robson's relegation-haunted team will mathematically secure Chelsea a top-four finish and a Champions League qualifying berth. Midfielder Scott Parker is also available after being named on the bench in the 5-4 aggregate success against FC Barcelona last week.

Tears of joy
Chelsea captain John Terry, who scored the deciding goal against Barcelona, admitted Mourinho's men are desperate to win three trophies this term. "This club has not seen enough trophies over the years," he said. "We've had the squad for the last few seasons and it is time we changed that. The ultimate for players and fans is to win the title again 50 years on. If I'm the man to lift that trophy I will be in tears."

Professional approach
But West Brom's Robson, who will be missing injured midfielder Andy Johnson, warned the hosts not to let success go to their heads. "I think Chelsea are getting a bit carried away with some of the stuff they have been saying about not just wanting to beat teams, but annihilate them," he said. "I hope my players read those things and it gives them a lift. I want my players to say 'we are professionals and we'll give you a real game'."

Last updated: 15/03/05 22.09CET

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