Conte rubbishes Victor Moses’ injury talks

Antonio Conte

Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, has squashed reports making the rounds that trusted wing-back, Victor Moses, is out injured.

Rumour surfaced in the media that the 26-year-old will miss up to three weeks with a knock after it appeared he had hurt himself in the Blues’ 1-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester United on Monday.

Moses was withdrawn and replaced by Kurt Zouma in the closing stages of the encounter played at Stamford Bridge which further fuelled his injury talks.

But Conte, while speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Stoke City, affirmed that the Nigerian is in good conditions.

“Victor Moses trained well today,” the Italian revealed.

“But I need to check a couple of doubts before deciding on the team versus Stoke.”

Conte admitted that Chelsea will have their work cut out against Steve Bruce’s team.

“Beating Stoke will not be easy as they are a strong, physical team but have good technique as well,” Conte said.

“Stoke played well in Chelsea’s 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge in December.

“In England, it is harder to know in advance how your opposing team will play than it is in Italy.”

Should Moses feature against his former team, it will be his 31st appearance for the Blues in all competitions this season.