Wilfried Zaha could make shock Palace return v Chelsea

  • Wilfried Zaha could make shock Palace return v Chelsea

Wilfried Zaha could make shock Palace return v Chelsea

The Blues are without the England worldwide and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the middle, but N'Golo Kante is back, having missed the defeat at Manchester City after fainting in training. Alvaro Morata is favourite to lead the line up front meaning Olivier Giroud may have to settle for a place among the substitutes.

"N'Golo is fine. He trained the whole week".

The second leg of Chelsea's Champions League round of 16 tie against Barcelona on Wednesday looms large ahead of the Palace game, but Conte insisted that his players will not be distracted from the task at hand.

"But I know one thing: (Joel) Ward is still absent but Timothy Fosu-Mensah's available again, and at the moment you'd look at those two and wouldn't think "It's got to be Timothy", you'd look at both of them and think 'Which one do I want to play?'".

Asked about the fitness of others in his squad, Conte added: "David Luiz is injured".

"After this situation, the doctor gave him many check-ups to understand his physical condition but it was all clear".

"It's a remarkable recovery, but we don't think he'll be able to come back like the Wilf Zaha he was before the injury after two modified sessions", Hodgson continued.

"On Sunday he was well [and could have played] but it was right not to take risks".

"If I have to see a positive aspect about his injury, he had a lot of time to metabolise the bad performance against Watford", Conte said of Bakayoko. Don't forget Baka is only 23.

However, it's no use crying over spilled milk as we can only hope that Antonio manages to get his line up right and also decides to actually use his substitutes correctly this time, if need be. "We are working very well as always".

"For us it's an important game". Their position has not been helped by injuries to key players and an unhealthy lack of fortune, if you will.

After successive starts against Spurs and United, a third could follow at Chelsea, and Hodgson hopes we are witnessing the start of a promising Premier League career.