The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling pretty low at the moment. Things aren’t looking too good for the Blues, having crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Add to that the continued uncertainty regarding their transfer plans, and Antonio Conte’s men are looking in poor shape.
Fortunately, though, the regularity of their games means that the Blues are only ever a few days away from an opportunity to make things right – and that opportunity will come against Newcastle on Sunday.
Ahead of the game, thankfully for Conte, Chelsea have received some good news which will no doubt come as a boost for the club. According to the Blues’ boss, Cesc Fabregas is back in training with the squad – having missed the last few games – and whilst he is not confirmed to be available on Sunday, there is at least a chance that he could feature
He says Cesc Fabregas trained today with the squad, which is good news, and he will check on his availability tomorrow.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 26, 2018
Fabregas has been a regular for the Blues this season, having grown in significance under Antonio Conte after a tough campaign last term. Often featuring in the midfield alongside N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko, the Spaniard’s creativity has been crucial for the Blues.
They’ve lacked flair in recent weeks, particularly in his absence, and so his return will allow Conte a bit more freedom with his team selection.
Whether he will play against Newcastle remains to be seen, but the Blues are set to embark on a busy period – and so his return cannot come soon enough.
Conte likely won’t risk him, at least from the start, against Newcastle – and that would be a wise decision. He’ll be needed over the coming weeks.
He has played a lot of football this season, and so his return will need to be managed carefully, especially with the return of the Champions League on the horizon.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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