Chelsea defender set to return to squad after nine months


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has reportedly decided to include Kurt Zouma to the Chelsea squad for the first time in nine months against Middlesbrough on November 20.

The French international has not appeared for the Blues since suffering a serious knee injury against Manchester United in February but he has ventured up his recovery with the Chelsea reserve side.

The centre back is nearing a return to Italian’s mind after an appearance in the EFL Trophy this Tuesday in the Southern Section Group ‘C` fixture against Oxford United, at Stamford Bridge and he is ready for the first team action, as indicated by the club’s development squad coach Adi Viveash who has helped him on his way back to recovery.

Kurt played his part in the match and converted his spot kick twice as Chelsea edged home 13-12 in an epic 34 penalty shoot-out.

Adi Viveash thinks that the France international is ready for his next step and hailed the French international as very hard working.

“I’d say he is ready to train with you [Conte], yes.”

“He has been a privilege to work with, he is a fine young player, he has been tremendous with the boys, he works very, very hard every day,” he told a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

“He is building up and the manager is getting to look at him. He is getting closer and I think he is waiting to see if he gets through 90 and now we will see if there are any problems with the knee tomorrow.

“He will come in and cool down and then after Thursday he will train with the players that have not gone on international duty.”

The 22-year-old is probably not going to be given a prompt come back to the starting lineup because of Chelsea’s recent brilliant form at the back however, he could show up on the bench for the game at the Riverside Stadium on November 20. The Blues are currently on a song with a four-match winning streak and sit second in the table with just one point adrift with the leaders Liverpool.

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