Chelsea defender David Luiz would appear confident of retaining his place in the run-in after posting an update on the injury he picked up as his side overcame their stiffest final test over the weekend.
The Premier League leaders took a big step towards clinching the title as three second-half goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian saw them overcome Everton at Goodison Park.
But the win, which temporarily put them seven points clear before Tottenham cut that back to four with victory over Arsenal, appeared to have come at a cost after Luiz hobbled off with eight minutes remaining.
The Brazil international went down off the ball with Chelsea cruising to victory, and Antonio Conte took no further risks as he replaced him with Nathan Ake for the remainder of the game.
The Blues, who next face Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge next Monday, will hope Luiz’s injury is not significant with the club now on the home stretch in their quest for glory.
The 30-year-old would appear not to be too concerned by the extent of his knock, with Luiz posting an Instagram story in which he is seen lying on a treatment bed waggling his exposed left leg.
The short clip contains wink and fist emojis which could be seen as signalling the ‘all clear’ from Chelsea medical staff upon assessment.
Conte has been lucky with injuries this season and his first-choice side has not been too affected.
The sight of centre-back Luiz limping off late on was a cause for concern but again Conte utilised another player who has had a bit-part role in Nathan Ake, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Bournemouth.
‘I didn’t speak with the doctor about his (Luiz’s) injury but I don’t think it is a serious injury for him,’ added Conte.
‘I hope in the next game that David Luiz is available to play. Also now in this part of the season it is important sometimes to try to play if you are not 100 per cent with your condition.
‘He is showing us great commitment in this season. Don’t forget his injury in the knee after the game against City – but I am very pleased for the impact of Ake in (the Everton) game.’