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Magdalena Eriksson available for Chelsea following two-month injury layoff

Ali Rampling
Eriksson is available for Chelsea following her ankle injury
Eriksson is available for Chelsea following her ankle injury / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
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Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson is available to make her return to first team action following over two months out with injury.

The centre back was replaced in the second half of Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg on 16 December after suffering an ankle injury, and has not featured since.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's Continental Cup final clash with Manchester City on Saturday, Emma Hayes revealed her captain will be available once more.

"Magda's back! Magda's part of the squad," Hayes said. "She had a couple of setbacks, we thought she'd be back a little bit sooner but it wasn't to be. We've had to take the right amount of time to get it right.

"She's in a really good place, she's delighted to be back in the squad and I know Magda's value to me as a manager. Her input, her insight, her wisdom I think is valuable to the squad, but also as a player; she's been a tremendous player for us over the years and there's no denying having her back will add strength in this last stretch of the campaign."

Chelsea's backline have stepped up in Eriksson's absence, with Millie Bright and Aniek Nouwen forming a mean central defensive partnership. The Blues have not conceded in the WSL since the turn of the year, and produced two particularly impressive clean sheets against Manchester City and Arsenal.

Hayes revealed that Maren Mjelde was also available after an injury layoff, but admitted it was unlikely she would feature against City on Saturday.

"I have to be honest I think the chance of her (Mjelde) coming off the bench are zero," the Chelsea boss added.

"But being part of the team, being in the warmup, putting her boots on again... I want to manage that expectation so people don't say 'why hasn't she come onto the pitch?' I don't think we're quite there with that yet. But being back in the the squad is the first step."

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