EMMA HAYES has been given a massive fitness boost with Fran Kirby available for inclusion in her FA Cup final squad on Sunday.
And the Chelsea boss revealed she met incoming Blues owner Todd Boehly for lunch.
Kirby, 28, who was last month ruled out of action for the foreseeable future, made a return to training for Chelsea this week.
It is thought the forward could be available to play in the Women’s FA Cup duel between the Blues and Manchester City.
Hayes, 44, said: “I don’t want to put any pressure on her because I love that kid and she’s been through a lot.
“But she looked like she hadn’t even been away.
“Fran looked that good in training and it was nice to see the smile on her face.
“She’s participated in everything when, at the beginning of the week, we just said let’s see how it goes. Let’s do one bit of one session, day one.
“And she came out of that and she was like, ‘it’s not enough’.
“Then we did day two and I said, ‘Well, let’s use you as a neutral, you play half blocks of a game’.
“She said, ‘I’m fine’. She’s been in training all week. I’m over the moon, to be honest.”
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Chelsea and City could be set to play in front of the biggest crowd to ever attend a Women’s FA Cup final.
More than 50,000 tickets have reportedly been sold ahead of the Wembley event.
But with 60,000 fans at the FA Cup Youth final to watch Man United Under-18s defeat Nottingham Forest, Hayes believes a full house should be the target for the contest.
The Kingsmeadow gaffer added: “We should fill it. That for me is always the ultimate goal.
“But I remember sitting here in 2015 and driving that message.
“And what I have understood over the years is you grow the game incrementally.
“To go from 35,000 to 40,000, to 50,000, to 60,000, you just want to solidify that.”
Chelsea’s duel with Gareth Taylor’s side comes two days after Hayes met with Boehly following the announcement of his plans to buy the Blues.
The American billionaire has signed an agreement to purchase the club for £4.25billion in conjunction with a consortium.
Hayes said: “He watched the girls train and I had a really lovely couple of hours with him.
“He’s just a normal down to earth guy who is passionate about Chelsea. He’s ambitious as we are and it is a perfect fit.”
Sunday’s game will Man City attempt to seal a cup double triumph over their WSL rivals having beaten them in this Continental Tyres trophy final
Taylor, 49, said: “There’s a really healthy respect between both clubs, between the players and between myself and Emma.
“It doesn’t change things of course. We want to be the team that is beating them and we have another opportunity on Sunday.”
Chelsea vs Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup final can be watched live on BBC1 from 2:30 pm on Sunday 15 May.