Chelsea boss Antonio Conte handed triple injury boost for West Ham clash

ANTONIO CONTE is set to be handed a triple injury boost as Chelsea bid to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive.

The Blues boss has seen goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and winger Pedro return to training.

Italian defender Davide Zappacosta could also feature against West Ham on Sunday.

Injury forced the trio to miss the 3-1 defeat against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – a result which left the Blues eight points off a Champions League place.

Conte could also call upon fit-again Ross Barkley, who also joined in with the rest of the first-team after overcoming a hamstring problem.

Barkley, who has only made three outings since his £15m move from Everton, has been out since the end of January.

But the England midfielder played for an hour for the club’s second string last weekend to put himself in contention for a comeback.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s longest serving player Matej Delac will quit the club this summer – despite never playing.

The Croatian keeper, 25, is joining Danish Superliga side AC Horsens on a free.

Delac has been farmed out a whopping 10 times for loan spells during his nine years with the west Londoners.

After signing five-year deal at Stamford Bridge back in 2009, Delac hit work permit problems and was never even registered to play in the Premier League.

On-loan Fulham defender Tomas Kalas, who joined eight years ago, will become the Blues’ longest serving player.

“It’s all down to Conte” – former Chelsea midfielder slams Blues boss after under-par season

Emmanuel Petit has torn into Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the root of the problems at Stamford Bridge and the reason behind their poor season.

Having won the Premier League title last campaign, the Blues are currently a whopping 28 points off Manchester City and look almost certain to miss out on a Champions League place.

Although a top-four finish would have been an uphill battle anyway, Sunday’s 3-1 defeat against Spurs at Stamford Bridge has all but knocked them out of the race for Europe’s elite competition with seven games to play.

Ex-Blues defender Frank LeBoeuf claimed the Italian manager is already on his way from the club and hit out at the players, Petit took a different direction.

For him, it all stems down to boss Conte.

Petit told SFR Sport, as reported by Sport Witness: “Last year, they weren’t playing the Champions League. This year, it was far more complicated with having to deal with a game every three days, knowing that he got into conflicts with key members of the team.

“It started with Diego Costa, then David Luiz, now Gary Cahill. I can’t count the number of players from last year’s starting team who got angry with Conte during the season.”

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