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Conte Hints At Moses Availability For Stoke Vs Chelsea, Dispels Exit Rumours

Conte Hints At Moses Availability For Stoke Vs Chelsea, Dispels Exit Rumours

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has hinted that Nigeria forward Victor Moses would feature in  Saturday's Premier League clash away to Stoke City.

There were reports that Moses had sustained an ankle injury after he was substituted in Monday night's 1-0 FA Cup win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

But Conte revealed that Moses looked okay in Chelsea's Friday training session, but however will confirm which players will not be available for the trip to Stoke.

"Victor Moses trained well today, but I need to check a couple of doubts before deciding on the team versus Stoke," Conte said in Friday's pre-match press conference.

Conte admitted that Chelsea will have their work cutout against Stoke.

"Beating Stoke will not be easy as they are a strong, physical team but have good technique as well," Conte said.

"Stoke played well in Chelsea's 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge in December.

"In England, it is harder to know in advance how your opposing team will play than it is in Italy."

Despite Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante's outstanding displays for Chelsea this season, Conte said  it was still early to pick who the best player of the season, but hoped one of his players emerge winner.

"It is too early for me to choose the  Player of the Year, but I hope the award will go to one of my players.

"Hazard is showing great character and personality in every game. This is good for him and for the team. Eden is not tall but he is strong and is able to play in this league."

And on his future with Chelsea following persisting reports that he could return to Italy, Conte said:  "My contract situation remains the same as every week – it's just important to focus on reaching targets for this season."

 

 

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