Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that influential playmaker Eden Hazard continues to edge ever closer to being 100 percent fit.
The 26-year-old has made two appearances so far this season after suffering an injury setback while with Belgium earlier this summer, but it sounds as though he’s pushing to be a permanent fixture in Conte’s line-up moving forward.
“About Eden for sure he is improving,” he told the media at his pre-match press conference, as reported by Sky Sports.
“He is very close to being totally fit and we have to continue repeating this way and do not forget I have to make the best decision for the team and the best decision for the players but I think he is improving a lot and is close to being 100% fit.
Having the Belgian international at his disposal will be a huge positive for Conte given what he brings to the team, as displayed last season in their Premier League title-winning campaign where he scored 16 league goals and provided five assists.
There’s no denying that Chelsea are a better side with him in it, and so his return to full fitness will be a welcome boost to all connected to the club as they look to continue to build momentum after a string of positive results.
Meanwhile, Conte also conceded that he has a difficult decision to make over defender Gary Cahill, who returned to action against Qarabag, but isn’t a guaranteed starter against Arsenal on Sunday.
“For Gary, for Cahill he came back against Qarabag and I think he played very well, good performance and I am pleased for him but I have another day to reflect and then make the best decision for Sunday.”