Terry and Cole expected to feature
John Terry and Ashley Cole are expected to be fit for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game at QPR on Saturday and are set to take part in the pre-match handshake, manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed.
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Terry and Cole have been in a race against time to recover from ankle injuries for the west London derby at Loftus Road.
But they have trained without incident for the past three days and are set for a reunion with Anton Ferdinand, who Terry was cleared in court of of racially abusing back in July.
"They've recovered, had a couple of days training and we expect them to be available for tomorrow," Di Matteo said.
"We're going to respect the rules and the protocol that is in place from the Premier League and set a positive standard to the millions of people watching across the world."
He added of the handshake: "We'll go ahead with it, yes."
Di Matteo revealed he had held talks with his opposite number, and former Chelsea team-mate, Mark Hughes but did not know whether QPR's players would snub Terry and Cole.
He said: "I do not know, but I hope that they will as well respect the rules and go ahead with it and we can all focus on the football."
QPR striker Bobby Zamora has indicted he would shake the hand of Terry, whom he played alongside at schoolboy level.
"I've known John Terry for years and he's a very good friend of mine," Zamora told the Sun.
"We grew up together and of course I'll shake his hand if he's playing on Saturday."
Terry remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over allegations he racially abused Ferdinand, a charge he denies, while left-back Cole was a character witness for Terry during this summer's trial.
The Premier League yesterday expected the pre-match handshake to go ahead as QPR and Chelsea held talks about how to approach Saturday's fixture.
Both clubs also issued warnings to their own fans, with QPR posting on their official website under the title 'Your Behaviour: A Reminder', while Chelsea posted their own statement called 'The Right Rivalry'.
Chelsea's statement on their official website read: "Last January's FA Cup match at QPR and the meeting between the sides in April at Stamford Bridge were good examples of passionate and vocal rivalry with the fans of both clubs recognising that abuse and discrimination have no place in a football stadium, nor anywhere else in society.
"Chelsea Football Club wishes to see the level of respect at those games continued throughout this campaign, as it has been in our opening matches.
"Both Chelsea and QPR will work together with the police to ensure that anyone using discriminatory or inflammatory language on Saturday is identified, and that the strongest possible action is taken against them."