Chelsea key midfielder Nemanja Matic is set to return to action during the Champions League last 16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night (11 March) after overcoming an ankle injury.
The Serbian missed both the League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur and the Premier League win against West Ham after being sent off during the 1-1 draw against Burnley for angrily reacting to a challenge from Ashley Barnes.
But Jose Mourinho later surprisingly revealed that Matic would not have been available for the game against the Hammers even if he was not suspended, as he picked up an ankle injury during the celebration of the League Cup victory at Wembley.
"Matic is injured and he got an injury celebrating the cup. I'm not kidding. It's not a big injury, but he couldn't have played against West Ham. He twisted his ankle. If he had not been suspended, he could not have played. On the pitch. He had shinpads on, but he didn't have tape on," Mourinho then said.
Nevertheless the Portuguese boss suggested that it was only a minor knock and that he was expected to be fully fit for the Champions League home game against PSG.
And according to Sky Sports the Serbia international is ready for the Ligue 1 side visit as he had been training on Tuesday at Chelsea training ground Cobham without any problem.
With John Obi Mikel remaining on the sidelines following recent knee surgery, the news is a major boost for Mourinho who will be able to deploy his favourite partnership in the middle of the park with Matic and Cesc Fabregas.
Furthermore and with a 0-0 draw enough to go through to the quarter finals – following the 1-1 draw in the first leg three weeks ago – the Portuguese boss may also consider bolstering the midfield with Brazil international Ramires.