Fabregas and Zouma closing on first-team action

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has revealed that Cesc Fabregas and Kurt Zouma are edging closer to first-team action following respective injury problems.

The former Juventus mentor suggested that the return of the Blues duo is imminent, after both players' involvement in first-team training this week.

Zouma has been sidelined since February following a knee injury sustained against Manchester United, which saw the 21-year-old miss the opportunity to take part in the 2016 European Championship, whilst Fabregas is expected to return from a thigh problem which has seen him miss three games for Conte's side. 

"Fabregas stayed with us in a part of the training session on Friday, when we tried offensive movements, and I think he will be ready next week," Conte told the club's official website.

"Zouma played a game with the Under-23s and the physical answer was good. Now we prefer him to play another game on Monday and if it's all okay he will come back to us.

"I am very happy because I can have another central defender and a good central defender, a young one with great potential," he concluded.