Breaking – Chelsea handed huge triple injury boost ahead of Crystal Palace clash

International breaks are a nervy time for Premier League managers with unnecessary injuries and fatigue a real possibility.

Antonio Conte must have been fearing the worst this week as three of his Chelsea players were ruled out of national team games with knocks.

The Italian has been handed a triple boost ahead of his side’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday however.

Star players Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are all expected to be fit for the Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge despite previously being doubts.

Costa had an X-ray after suffering a knock to his ankle in training but has been given the all-clear.

He is not expected to feature in Spain’s friendly against France on Tuesday night and Chelsea’s medical team are being kept up to date on his fitness.

Similarly, Hazard did not play in Belgium’s 1-1 draw with Greece on Saturday following a calf strain and has returned to Cobham to regain full fitness.

‘I have had a week of treatment with my club,’ he told reporters on Monday.

‘I think I will be ready for the next match against Crystal Palace.’

Hazard’s compatriot Courtois is also expected to miss Belgium’s clash with Russia on Tuesday after injuring his hip in the Greece game.

He is however expected to be fit in time for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s men.

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