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Sport Barkley close to being ready for Chelsea debut, says Conte

20:05  12 january  2018
20:05  12 january  2018 Source:   goal.com

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Antonio Conte believes Ross Barkley could be ready to make his Chelsea debut next week in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City. Barkley , who joined Chelsea from Everton last week

Antonio Conte believes Ross Barkley could be ready to make his Chelsea debut next week in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City. Barkley , who joined Chelsea from Everton last week

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Antonio Conte believes Ross Barkley could be ready to make his Chelsea debut next week in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City.

Barkley, who joined Chelsea from Everton last week, is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has prevented him from making a competitive appearance this season.

"He is working very hard and I think that maybe the next game against Norwich, he could be available, in contention," said Conte at a news conference on Friday.

"I hope so. He is not ready 100 per cent, but I think he can start to help us for the rest of the season."

Barkley to have Chelsea medical today

  Barkley to have Chelsea medical today Ross Barkley is due to undergo a Chelsea medical today and is being predicted to complete a switch to Stamford Bridge by the end of the day. Paul Joyce of The Times reports that the player is closing in on a move to the current Premier League champions for a fee believed to be £15 million. Twitter: Ross Barkley to have medical today at Chelsea. Fee in region of £15m (@_pauljoyce) The player has been a long-term target for Chelsea, who came close to securing a deal for the player in the summer. Barkley turned down a big-money move to Chelsea at the last minute as he wanted to focus on his recovery. The midfielder is yet to feature for Everton this season but is believed to be back to full fitness. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is in the market for reinforcements during January and Barkley would be available in the Champions League.

Antonio Conte believes Ross Barkley could be ready to make his Chelsea debut next week in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City. Barkley , who joined Chelsea from Everton last week

Antonio Conte believes Ross Barkley could be ready to make his Chelsea debut next week in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich City. Barkley , who joined Chelsea from Everton last week

Conte also provided an update on the future of Baba Rahman, after Schalke confirmed they were in talks over a loan move for the full-back on Thursday.

"Baba is recovering from an injury and I haven't had the possibility to see him in training with us, only once or twice, but he wasn't ready to have a full training session with us," said Conte.

"Now he's recovering, I think that [Schalke] could be an interesting option for the player, to try to recover with them."

Chelsea face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, with Conte wary of the threat posed by Claude Puel's side.

"I think Leicester is a really good team, a strong team in really good form and for us it will be very difficult," added the Italian, despite the fact the Foxes have won only one of their last seven matches in all competitions.

"Maybe Leicester is the worst team to face in this moment for us."

Morata, Courtois & Willian to miss Chelsea's cup clash with Newcastle .
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