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‘Yessss’ – Chelsea fans react on Twitter as Antonio Conte reveals fitness boost

Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern can’t seem to agree on what the club should do with Ross Barkley. Valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt, Barkley joined Chelsea for a cut-price in January and has since made only three appearances for the club, failing to complete a full 90 minutes, however Antonio Conte has now stated that Barkley is available for Chelsea’s key fixture away to Manchester City this weekend.

Now 24-years-old, Barkley broke onto the Premier League scene back at the age of 19 when he played a key role in Everton’s 2013/14 campaign as he helped the Toffees to a 5th placed finish, ensuring Europa League football for the following season. Barkley also scored six goals in the league and won Everton’s young player of the season and goal of the season award.

Barkley has gone off the rails in the last year as a recurring hamstring injury kept him out of most of the first half of the season with Everton before he joined Chelsea in January. The former Leeds United youngster will be hoping he can force a change in fortune and nail down a starting place with the reigning champions in the next few weeks as the club face an uphill battle against Barcelona in the Champions League, whilst closer to home the Blues find themselves in the thick of a fight for top four and in an FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.

Here’s what Chelsea fans have been saying:

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