Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman was back in first-team training this week after recovering from knee surgery.
The Ghanian spent last season on loan at Schalke but his move was cut short after he tore his anterior cruciate ligaments at the Africa Cup of Nations
The left-back joined Chelsea in 2015 from Augsburg but has made just 15 league appearances for the Blues and failed to impress Antonio Conte upon his appointment last summer.
Rahman was omitted from both of Chelsea’s Premier League and Champions League squads and will have to prove his fitness to be included in January.
A host of Chelsea stars are currently on international duty, meaning Conte’s had a depleted group to work with at the side’s training ground this week.
Nevertheless, photos from training showed Rahman alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater and new signing Kylian Hazard at Cobham.
Chelsea take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium after the international break and will be hoping to build on consecutive wins in the Premier League.
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Chelsea legend expects another tactical change from Conte this season.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ‘almost certain’ to experiment with playing two up front this season given his options in that area, according to Blues legend Pat Nevin.
The Italian tactician found plenty of joy when changing to a 3-4-3 system early on last term, with the tactical switch sparking a club-record 13-game winning streak that eventually helped the team to the title.
However, Nevin believes Conte is one who thrives upon experimenting with different formations and approaches to games, and that it seems likely he’ll adapt to make use of all three of Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi this term.
The Scot also feels Chelsea could do well to return to the use of Eden Hazard in a ‘false-9’ role, as was seen in the team’s 3-0 win at Leicester City in January.
Discussing the various areas of Chelsea’s squad in his column for the club’s official website, Nevin praised the depth in defence and midfield before moving on to the attacking players.
‘The final area is of course up top with Alvaro Morata (who can play wider if needed in the previous category) with Michy Batshuayi. A quick look at the Premier League squad list and the name of Diego Costa is still there,’ he said.
‘Antonio also has the option of other systems of course; he could use two up front and almost certainly will do so at various points this season.
‘And remember the forward line of Pedro, Willian and Hazard which he sprang on us last season? Well I think that would be even better now that our players know this 3-4-2-1 system so incredibly well.
‘The boss has been radical in his thinking many times, and his success rate so far has been astounding when he has instigated his cunning plans. Even as recently as the game against Spurs the tactics were pretty unexpected but they worked to perfection.’