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Chelsea injury news: Conte handed major boost for Leicester City visit but duo ruled out as 3-4-3 system sticks

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is expected to welcome back captain John Terry for the visit of Leicester City on Saturday, but two first-team stars are out.

After bouncing back with a 2-0 win at Hull City prior to the international break, Chelsea will now hope to put a strong run of results together to push themselves back up the table.

As they prepare to welcome the defending champions to Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off on Saturday, they do so sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

The biggest boost that their Italian tactician could receive is the news that Terry is set to return, as according to BBC Sport the 35-year-old returned to training over the international break and is ready to make his comeback after recovering from the ankle injury that has sidelined him for a month.

As noted by the BBC though, Willian will play no part in the encounter in west London as he has been granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother, while Victor Moses is expected to miss out after struggling with a muscle problem that forced him out of international action with Nigeria last week.

As a result, it remains to be seen what formation Conte opts to go with, although it’s likely he’ll stick with a 3-4-3 with N’Golo Kante facing his old club alongside Nemanja Matic and an attacking trident of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Oscar ahead of them.

Terry could slip into a back-three with Gary Cahill and David Luiz, leaving Cesar Azpilicueta to return to his favoured role on the right wing with Marcos Alonso on the opposite flank.

Conte has a reputation for his tactical flexibility so it’s open to interpretation, but one thing that is certain is that he’ll be delighted to have Terry back at his disposal.

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