Antonio Conte says Eden Hazard has recovered from a calf problem and is in contention for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal.
Hazard sat out Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Norwich in the FA Cup but is expected to be included in the squad for Wednesday’s first leg against the Gunners.
“Eden is in good physical condition,” confirmed Blues boss Conte.
“He recovered from this little problem in his calf and is ready and in contention for tomorrow’s game.”
However, Conte added that he intends to rotate his side, with a number of fringe players again expected to feature.
“Tomorrow is another opportunity to make rotations compared to the last game, but we want to win the game,” he said.
“When you play every three days it is important to make the rotations and at the same time your team must be very strong. It is a very important game.”
ANTONIO CONTE, meanwhile, has refused to rule out a move for Andy Carroll.
Chelsea were linked with a move for the West Ham striker last week.
And Conte is yet to dismiss the talk, saying he is on the lookout for players to improve his group.
“As I said before the club knows very well which are the position we can improve,” he said.
“I am very happy to work with my players and the commitment of my players.
“If there is a possibility to improve the squad the club knows very well.”
Conte is understood to want a striker so he can ship Michy Batshuayi out on loan.
Conte wants a back up for Alvaro Morata and Carroll is on his radar, along with Christian Benteke.
Chelsea have already made one signing this month with Ross Barkley joining from Everton and are expected to be active before the deadline.
They want a striker and a left-back with Alex Sandro the top target but Juventus are playing hard ball and demanding £60m.
Conte has been insistent that he doesn’t pick the player that come in and says the board does the transfers.