Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that N’Golo Kante is nearing a return from his thigh injury.
The 26-year-old sustained an injury during the international game with France in October and was expected to be sidelined for several weeks much to the dismay of the Stamford Bridge faithfuls due to this impact in the central area.
Following their 2-1 win over Everton on Wednesday night, Antonio Conte said Kante is ready to return to action but he will not be rushed back into action.
The Blues welcomed their summer acquisition, Danny Drinkwater into action against Everton, and could be a vital addition to the league champions as they hope to mount a serious defence of their Premier League title.
Chelsea have looked vulnerable defensively in the absence of Kante as opponents exploited spaces in the midfield but the return of Kante and Drinkwater could prove pivotal for the Blues in coming games, with the former being a defensive block in the midfield.
However, the presence of Drinkwater in the midfield could spell doom for Tiemoue Bakayoko who also joined Chelsea last summer from AS Monaco and has since shown brilliant displays in the midfield area alongside Kante and Cesc Fabregas since he recovered from a niggling injury.