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Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill have travelled with the Chelsea squad to Basel, ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg.

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Ashley Cole: Limped off duing the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bri

Ashley Cole: Limped off duing the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bri

The defenders left London for Switzerland on Wednesday morning after recovering from recent injuries.

Cole has shaken off a hamstring strain suffered in the FA Cup quarter-final replay win against Manchester United on 1 April, while Cahill has been passed fit following a minor knee operation on 30 March.

"Both are here and will train. They are fine," said Benitez.

"Obviously fatigue when you play so many games and travel around Europe is a key factor to consider.

"I praise my staff because we try to manage the squad in the best way possible. Still the team is [playing] good games and we have fresh legs in some players. We have to rotate, change and manage players."

Oscar came off at during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool with a groin problem but is also among the 19-strong party.

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