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Speaking about Ross Barkley‘s signing again Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed the former Everton midfielder will have to do everything to show he deserve being in the England squad for Russia 2018 World Cup:

“We have five months to show he deserves a call with the national team for the World Cup,” Conte told Sky Sports News.

I hope [he gets one], because it means he will do very well with us.

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition,” the Italian added when asked about a timescale for the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

“My hope is to have this player [available] very quickly.

 “He can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise, it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.”

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David Luiz is ready to be back in Chelsea starting XI in tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Norwich, Antonio Conte revealed it during today’s press conference:

David Luiz is ready and will be in contention for tomorrow’s game,” the Italian coach claimed.

Conte also revealed that he’s got just one issue for the upcoming FA Cup match against the Canaries:

“The only problem we have is Eden Hazard. He had a kick in his calf and we have to solve this problem.”

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David Luiz has been out of the squad for more than one month- apparently for a knee injury- even if speculations claim the Brazilian defender fell out with manager Antonio Conte.

Speaking about the former PSG player conditions in his press conference today the Italian boss explained:

“He’s got a big inflammation in his knee and we’re trying to solve this issue with the doctors, but I don’t know when he is able to come back with us, the medical department is trying to solve this.

“He’s working apart, the last days he was working in the swimming-pool, today he was on the pitch to run but he could do that very slowly.

“Every player is frustrated when he doesn’t play, especially when you got an injury, every player wants to take part to training sessions, they want the coach to have issues for his choices.

“Of course it’s frustrating because you cannot be in contention for the competition.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists that David Luiz is still on the sidelines because of a knee injury.

The Brazilian defender has reportedly fell off with the Italian manager, but Conte claims the former PSG and Benfica player has been fighting with a knee issue for a month:

“He’s having treatment in his knee,” Conte said ahead of Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

“It’s not simple to understand how much longer [he will have this] injury but at the same time I think the doctors are doing the best to try and allow him to recover very soon.”

Luiz has skipped also today’s training session with his team-mates and he has been training alone for the last two weeks to try to recover from this knee injury, but since he had issues with Conte in the last month – he was even left out of the game squad against Manchester United – speculations have mounted about the defender been left out of the first team squad for his misunderstandings with the Blues boss.

 

 

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Antonio Conte reveals that he was forced to leave David Luiz out the squad selected for Swansea clash because of a knee issue suffered by the Brazilian defender:

“Now it is very difficult. He had liquid in his knee and we have to assess his recovery on the time,” the Italian manager explained after the 1-0  win over the Welsh side.

“I hope to not lose him for a lot of time and I need to have all my players.”

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LIVERPOOL

– Joel Matip is a doubt for the hosts with a thigh strai

– Adam Lallana should be fit as he battles a similar issue

– Nathaniel Clyne remains out with a long-term back problem

CHELSEA

– Victor Moses is available following a six-week absence

– Michy Batshuayi is out for an ankle injury

– Charly Musonda jr. Is out for a knee injury

– Kenedy is out for an undisclosed issue

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

 

LIVERPOOL – Mignolet; Milner, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho; Salah, Firmino, Mane-

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

CHELSEA – Courtois; Christensen, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Speaking ahead of WBA game at Premier League restart after the international break Antonio Conte immediately gave an injury update:

Bathsuayi has a problem in his ankle, Musonda has a problem in his knee, Moses will be back next week.”

Asked if David Luiz is in this game squad after being left out in the clash against Manchester United, the Italian boss replied:

“Yes, he is in the squad, it was my decision to leave him out a couple of weeks ago,” Conte revealed.

He added: “I think the most important thing is to prepare the next game and to pay great attention, not to speak about a single player.”

Chelsea won the title at The Hawthorns last May, so to go back there must be a special feeling for Conte and his guys:

“It was a fantastic moment for me, for the players, for the club, for the fans.

“We won the league and it was great, I remember that moment very well and I am proud for what we did last season.

“Now we have to look at the present and this will be a really tough game because also last year WBA played a great game, two great games, because they were strong at Stamford Bridge as well. We want to try to continue to win.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are doing very well while on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea, Conte was asked if it was the right decision to send them on loan instead of including them in this season first team squad:

“I think we are talking about two young players, they will be the future of Chelsea, it’s right for them to play regularly. I read RLC’s interview: this experience is important for him, for his development, for his maturity. It’s the same path that Christensen followed when he was loaned two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.”

About Danny Drinkwater‘s fitness he said:

“Against Manchester United he suffered a knock in his calf, he started to work with us only this week, he was intelligent to stop.

“I think this is not a great moment for Italy, for my country, to miss the World Cup after 56 years it’s a half disaster for us, because you know how important football is for Italy. I hope the federation will work to improve the situation.”

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will have to face a battle to make the France squad for Russia 2018 World Cup, but the former AS Monaco has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including his team-mate N’Golo Kante.

“I am disappointed. I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour,” Bakayoko told reporters.

I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends. I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.”

Bakayoko has scored twice and provided three assists in 15 appearances for Chelsea so far in this season after signing for the Blues in last July.

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The Times revealed the reason why David Luiz was punished by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last weekend, when the Italian manager left the Brazilian defender out of the squad who faced Manchester United and sent him to the stands to watch the game. Luiz was also told to train alone the morning of the game.

According to the English newspaper the relationship between Conte and Luiz was ruined because of the ex PSG player close friendship with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Blues boss was also upset with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas‘ conduct following last week heavy defeat to Roma, but Luiz was the player most seriously punished.

The report suggests that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace is concerned that his close association with the current Atletico Madrid striker played a big part in his manager’s decision, having attempted to play peacemaker between the two men earlier this year.

Conte informed Costa via sms at the end of last season that he was no longer in his plans at Chelsea, which is said to have left certain squad members, including David Luiz, unhappy.

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Huge boost for Manchester  United ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Chelsea: the Red Devils recovered two key players, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini.

Rojo has been unavailable since April after suffering serious ligament damage in United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Anderlecht. Fellaini picked up an injury during the October international break while with Belgium and hasn’t played since.

The pair travelled to London with the rest of the squad while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick still remain on the sidelines recovering form their injuries.

Also Jesse Lingard, who suffered a back injury in the Champions League game against Benfica last Tuesday, travelled to London with the selected squad.

José Mourinho now has two more options for tomorrow’s game at Stamford Bridge, the third return since he was sacked in December 2015 by Roman Abramovich.

 

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