FA Cup final build up

Luiz and Cahill set to miss final

May 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

Chelsea defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill were absent from the club's training session on Friday, casting doubts over their availability for Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool.

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GettyImagesDavid Luiz and Gary Cahill both missed the FA Cup final

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Luiz and Cahill have both been struggling with hamstring injuries, but Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo had been hopeful they could recover in time for the showpiece at Wembley.

It appears, however, the pair have lost their battle to make the final, meaning they will likely now focus on being available for selection when the Blues take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 19.

John Terry, who is suspended for the game at the Allianz Arena, is set to be partnered with Branislav Ivanovic in the heart of defence for Chelsea's clash against Liverpool.


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