Mourinho escapes touchline ban

Jose Mourinho will return to the dugout for Sunday afternoons Premier League clash with Manchester City, the Daily Star understands.

The Blues boss escaped a touchline ban following his behaviour against Cardiff City last time out, which saw him sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor though he was fined £8,000 after admitting an improper conduct charge.

Ashley Cole is likely to be available for the match after recovering from a rib injury, so long-term absentee Marco Van Ginkel is the only player not in contention.

Mourinho must decide whether to recall Samuel Eto’o, or keep faith with Fernando Torres, after the Spain international bagged a brace against Schalke midweek.

The Blues will reclaim top spot in the division if they win and Arsenal fail to beat Crystal Palace tomorrow lunchtime.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are preparing a £12m bid for Blues target Wesley Sneijder, according to the Express.

Earlier this month, Netherlands coach Luis Van Gaal urged the Galatasary midfielder to switch to Stamford Bridge for the sake of his international career.

However, it is United, who have long been linked with the 29 year old, who are considering an offer as they look to strengthen their midfield options.