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Fitness boost or Mourinho mind game? Terry, Cech train pre-second leg

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Chelsea’s John Terry, left goes to hug Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech after Chelsea defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Chelsea advance to the semifinals. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham).

Matt Dunham

Just one week ago, Chelsea suffered the double whammy of injuries to mainstays Petr Cech and John Terry in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League semifinal with Atletico Madrid.

The Blues also didn’t pick up a road goal at Atletico Madrid, making its task of advancing a bit more complicated for Wednesday’s second leg.

Well, wouldn’t the return of the defender and goalkeeper make that a little less daunting of a task?

Terry and Cech were back at training on Tuesday, and it’s unclear whether this is a near-miraculous recovery or simply more Jose Mourinho mind games.

He’s not called The Special One for nothing.

Terry’s ankle injury and Cech’s dislocated shoulder were supposed to end their seasons, but both hit the pitch in London and were joined by Samuel Eto’o (knee) and Eden Hazard (calf).

The winner of Wednesday’s match at Stamford Bridge will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, which tangle on Tuesday at Allianz Arena with the Bavarians trailing 1-0.

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