Hazard back to bolster Blues

09 January 2018 10:21:16 EST

Chelsea will be boosted by the return to action of forward Eden Hazard for the first leg of their League Cup semi-final with Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Belgium international forward Hazard missed the goalless FA Cup third-round draw at Norwich City at the weekend due to a calf problem.

However, Blues head coach Antonio Conte has confirmed that Hazard is safely back in training and is expected to feature against eh Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "Eden is in a good physical condition. He has recovered well from a little problem in his calf - he is ready and is in contention for the game."

Conte also confirmed that he is likely to make changes from the side who gave a lacklustre display against the Canaries at Carrow Road, with the likes of Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Alonso and N'Golo Kante seeming likely to return to the starting line-up.

The Italian added: "Tomorrow is another opportunity to make rotations compared to the last game, but we want to win the game.

"When you play every three days it is important to make the rotations and at the same time your team must be very strong. It is a very important game."

Chelsea and Arsenal have already met three times this season, with all three clashes ending level after 90 minutes, with the Gunners claiming the Community Shield after a penalty shootout.

The Premier League clash at the Bridge in mid-September ended in a 0-0 draw, with David Luiz being sent off late on for the hosts.

Another draw on Wednesday evening is priced at 7/2, with a 1-1 scoreline after 90 minutes available at 7/1, while Chelsea are 1212/1 to lift the League Cup for the sixth time in their history.

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