Chelsea captain John Terry returned to training on Thursday following an injury scare that briefly threatened his participation in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth on Saturday.
Terry hurt his right foot in a training ground challenge with Daniel Sturridge on Wednesday, but scans showed there was no break and the England defender has been able to resume his preparations for the final. The 29-year-old will lead Chelsea out at Wembley as the Blues look to win the league and FA Cup double for the first time in the club's history.
A Chelsea spokesman said: "John Terry has started this morning's final training session at Cobham prior to the FA Cup final." Speaking after the training session, Terry told reporters that he was "100 per cent" fit to feature at Wembley. "I'm fine and looking forward to the game," he said.
"I was just running back to goal and Daniel Sturridge fell on top of me. My foot was caught underneath. I thought it was quite bad initially," he added. "But once I had the scan, it was just bruising and today (Thursday) there was no problem at all. I was delighted when I got the scan results and there was no ligament damage or anything like that. It was just a bit of bruising inside the foot so no problem at all.
"I felt good, I felt nothing at all, passing the ball or striking the ball," Terry went on. "I came straight here to see the doctor and he sent me for a scan straight away. He couldn't tell what it was, it was always going to be a quick scan, nothing serious."
Terry admitted he was initially concerned the problem could have ruled him out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The England centre-back added: "It was sorted out in a couple of hours but I was a bit scared, I must say."
Although Terry could become the first Chelsea captain to lead his side to the double on Saturday, he insists even this season's success still can't erase the bitter memories of the 2008 UEFA Champions League final defeat against Manchester United.
Terry missed a penalty that would have won the trophy for Chelsea as he slipped during his run-in in the shoot-out and he is still haunted by the mistake. "Nothing will ever make up for Moscow unless we go and win the Champions League in my lifetime," Terry said. "That's a fact. But we have got a chance to go down in the club's history, the double has never been done before at this club and we have a great chance to do it.
"Portsmouth may have been relegated but nobody here is taking the game lightly," Terry said. "They will have nothing to lose and will have great support so I know it will be really tough. Mentally, we are not thinking our season's over. But it's in our hands now. If we play as well as we can do then with the players we've got, we've got a good chance. But by no means, are we going to be taking the game lightly."