Eden Hazard is back in contention to start against Crystal Palace on Saturday, according to Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach.
The Blues are aiming to stretch their winning sequence to 11 Premier League matches and equal their club-record streak set in 2009 and Hazard, who missed the 1-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday through injury, is in the running to start against the Eagles.
Conte says he's not interested in the stat that when Chelsea have been top at Christmas before we have go on to win the Premier League. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 16, 2016
"I think he's fit," Conte told chelseafc.com. "He trained today with us. Then, I have to see if I decide to put Eden in the starting XI; not only him, but also for the other players. I have tonight to decide."
"He knows what playing for Palace is about."#CPFC receive a boost as @jason_punch42 returns from suspension - https://t.co/CXwwJQlTjf pic.twitter.com/C1xgDuIE54— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 16, 2016
Crystal Palace welcome Jason Puncheon back from suspension, but will be without a number of other players for their Selhurst Park encounter, including a key defender.