Antonio Conte has confirmed that John Terry is fit for Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United, while Willian and Oscar are doubts for Sunday’s match.
United against Chelsea is always a huge match on the Premier League fixture list but, with only two points and two places separating the sides, it could be crucial if either side is to kick on and mount a serious title challenge.
Conte is pleased he can call upon club captain Terry against Jose Mourinho’s side despite reports suggesting he might miss the fixture.
“John is in good shape. He trained with the team. He solved his problem with his ankle. He’s available for the game,” Conte told reporters at Friday’s press conference.
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However, it wasn’t all good news for the Blues manager as he remains unsure whether Willian or Oscar will take any part in the match.
“Willian came back on Thursday morning. He trained with us but in this situation it’s important to consider all aspects,” Conte continued.
“We are all very sorry, also for Oscar, whose grandfather died. You have to make the right decision. We have tomorrow to see.”
Ahead of Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge (the first time with another Premier League side) Conte is urging the Chelsea faithful to get behind their team.
“On Sunday, our fans must have an important role, and can give us a huge advantage,” the Italian added.
“It will be a very tough game between two good teams. They will fight for the title until the end.”