Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea plots makeover; Fabregas, Cahill regain health

Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea plots makeover; Fabregas, Cahill regain health

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Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea plots makeover; Fabregas, Cahill regain health

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In the aftermath of crashing out of the Champions League, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is rumored to be making a wish list in hopes of renovating the team for next season.

Abramovich, who reportedly lit into his players with a Premier-League-title-or-you're-out rant, is considering luring the biggest of names to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window.

Among the players rumored to be headed to London are Liverpool's Fernando Torres, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero.

Joe Cole and Michael Ballack's contracts expire at the end of the season, but Abramovich has made it clear that it doesn't take an expiring deal to be shown the exit.

In other Thursday soccer news:

FABREGAS TO RETURN FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal's lineup with get a boost this weekend with the expected return of captain Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder has missed time on various occasions this season with a hamstring issue.

Most recently, he missed the Gunners' Champions League second-leg match with Porto and their Premier League tilt with Hull City. Arsenal won both games, but will happily welcome its skipper back for Saturday's match against West Ham.

Arsenal is tied with Chelsea for second place in the Premier League, two points behind Manchester United. The Gunners and Red Devils have each played 30 league games; Chelsea has played 29 and has two matches this week.

CAHILL CLOSE TO COMEBACK

Bolton defender Gary Cahill, a potential member of England's World Cup squad, is close to returning from what was originally thought to be a season-ending injury.

Cahill has been out since Feb. 6 with a blood clot in his left arm and was enjoying a fine season for the Bolton back line. If he can regain his form and fitness, he could provide the necessary depth to England's defense.

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