Palace talisman Zaha back in training ahead of Chelsea trip

  • Palace talisman Zaha back in training ahead of Chelsea trip

Palace talisman Zaha back in training ahead of Chelsea trip

The France worldwide collapsed after a training session last Friday and was ruled out for the meeting with Manchester City 48 hours later.

"N'Golo is fine", Conte said at his pre-match press conference.

Antonio Conte has confirmed that midfielder N'Golo Kante "is fine" and back in contention for Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace this weekend following a recent health scare.

Barkley, who had hamstring surgery a year ago and had not played this season prior to his move from Everton, has not featured since the 3-0 home defeat against Bournemouth on 31 January, which is his only league appearance for the Blues so far. On Sunday he was well, but at the same time it was right to not take a risk and give him the opportunity to rest. "He's okay and every check-up is okay, is flawless".

Sitting five points back of fourth-placed Tottenham, Chelsea can not afford any more slip-ups this season as they prepare for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend, perhaps the architects of their most disappointing moment of the season so far. "You have to regret the games against Bournemouth, Watford and United", he remarks. "We must pay great attention". "I remember in the first game, when we lost away, he scored and created a lot of problems". We need three points and we know very well that we are playing against a good team with talented players.

Asked about his team's confidence after four defeats in their past five Premier League matches, the Italian replied: "For sure, when you lose many games in a row it's not simple".

Chelsea lost the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park in October to a Palace side inspired by Wilfried Zaha, a player who may return from injury on Saturday, but Conte insisted the visitors are not just a one-man team. Our confidence is normal.

"I think this is part of our job".