Chelsea Team News: Conte Confirms Fitness Boost Ahead Of Southampton Clash

By on April 24, 2017

Chelsea will look to go another step closer to reclaiming the Premier League title when they take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

Ahead of the game, Antonio Conte has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this morning and he’s offered a team news and injury update.

The Blues boss was pleased to confirm that Gary Cahill could return to the fold after missing Saturday night’s win over Tottenham in the semi-finals of the FA Cup through illness.

Cahill was hospitalised last week with due to severe sickness and was forced to sit out the showpiece at Wembley over the weekend where the Blues booked their place in the FA Cup final next month.

However, the defender returned to training on Sunday and has trained again today but Conte will speak to Cahill on Tuesday before deciding whether he’s ready to be involved against Southampton.

The Chelsea boss also revealed the Londoners didn’t suffer any fresh injury concerns following the dramatic cup victory over Tottenham so he has virtually a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Conte told reporters today:

We’ll have to wait and see whether Cahill is passed fit to return to the squad but Nathan Ake deputised superbly in the back three at the weekend so Conte may even decide to stick with the youngster tomorrow night.

Chelsea head in to the midweek fixtures sitting four points ahead of Spurs at the top of the Premier League table so they’ll be looking to extend their advantage to seven points ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

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