Grant waits on key duo

Lampard and Cech could make Fenerbahce

Chelsea manager Avram Grant is sweating on the fitness of both Frank Lampard and Petr Cech ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Fenerbahce.

Both players missed the weekend's narrow Premier League win over Middlesbrough and Grant is anxious to have both available for the trip to Istanbul.

Lampard has been sidelined with sickness, which also forced him out of England's clash with France.

Cech has not played since the beginning of March due to an ankle problem, but he could be close to making a return.


"Lampard was very sick and he didn't even come to (the training ground at) Cobham," said Grant.

"If he can be available, we will take him on the plane and we will see about Petr Cech at the same time."

Meanwhile, Grant has vowed to fight the controversial decision to make his side play two games in the space of just 72 hours during a key phase of the Premier League title run-in.

Chelsea have been told they must play Wigan on Monday, April 14 and then Everton on Thursday, April 17 to suit television schedules.

Grant, whose side are five points behind leaders Manchester United, claimed it gave United and Arsenal an unfair advantage.

"I don't understand why we need to play on a Thursday. It's unfair," bemoaned Grant.

"When we come to the end of the season it should be equal for all the teams.

We need to fight in any way that we can to make it a fair decision."