Antonio Conte hints Victor Moses could return for Liverpool trip
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is hoping to have Victor Moses back in action during Saturday's Premier League outing versus Liverpool. The Nigeria international has not featured for the Blues since his hamstring injury incurred during the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last month.
Since then, the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta have deputised in the right wing-back spot with the Blues winning five and drawing one of their last six matches. Speaking in the lead-up to the Qarabag clash in the Champions League, Conte provided a positive update on Moses' injury, while taking an example of Hazard's progress.
He said: "This season we started with a lot of problems, [Eden] Hazard was one of them because he didn’t work during pre-season after surgery. Then he started to play with us after a few games. Victor Moses is progressing well and I hope to have him back from tomorrow, for the game after Qarabag. It’s important to have all the senior players in good form without injuries."
Moses was more of a fringe player during his initial years at Stamford Bridge, but Conte managed to suit the Nigerian to his needs by helping him adapt to the right wing-back spot. The former Wigan Athletic went on to help the Blues claim the Premier League crown last term, and he is now deemed indispensable at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Moses' recovery, Conte could be tempted to stick with Davide Zappacosta for the weekend's trip to Liverpool as any rustiness from Moses could cost them dearly against a Reds squad filled with attacking talent. The likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are capable of winning games on their own, and the list only gets bigger with Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino also capable of lighting up the pitch.
Chelsea are currently nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City, and they cannot risk dropping any further if they are to garner hopes of retaining the Premier League title this season.