Ban did not affect fitness says Kakuta

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Chelsea prodigy Gael Kakuta insists his FIFA-imposed ban has not affected his fitness levels after making his first-team debut at the weekend.

Kakuta made a cameo appearance for the final 30 minutes of the Blues' 4-0 thrashing of Wolves on Saturday and then revealed he has been doing double training sessions after being banned from playing in September.

FIFA ruled Chelsea had induced Kakuta to break his Lens contract, banning the player for four months and ruling the London club could not sign any new players until 2011.

However, that decision has now been suspended pending a final decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And 18-year-old Kakuta, who was today named in the squad for tomorrow night's Champions League clash against Porto, is hoping to prosper in the meantime.

He told Chelsea TV: "I have been waiting so long and I am really happy, I enjoyed playing the game (against Wolves).

"My fitness is good. Because of the ban I have been out for months but I have worked double sessions every day and I feel good.

"It has been a little bit like pre-season because when the boys finished I was still in, working in the afternoons.

"[In the Premier League] the game is much quicker, you have more choice when you play, you can play one touch, two touch, so it is much better."