Chelsea winger Pedro has given his manager Antonio Conte a major fitness boost by returning to training following a facial injury.
The former Barcelona star’s involvement in the pre-season tour of China was cut short after he was clattered by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over the FA Cup holders in Beijing.
Pedro, who played a vital role in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign last season, was taken to hospital following the collision with the Colombia international amid fears he had suffered concussion.
Conte revealed afterwards that the injury was worse than feared with the 30-year-old forced to stay behind having suffered multiple fractures.
The Italian predicted it would take around 10 days for the Spain international to be in a fit enough state to return to training and so it has proven, albeit wearing a protective mask, and he is now in contention to play a role in Sunday’s Wembley showdown.
Chelsea will still be without Eden Hazard who continues to recover from an ankle injury he picked up on international duty at the end of last season, while Tiemoue Bakyoko could be in line for his debut following his move from Monaco.
Conte hinted after last week’s defeat against Inter that record signing Alvaro Morata is still some way behind in his attempts to work his way back to full fitness, saying: ‘Morata is having training with us and for sure he has to improve a lot his physical condition to go quickly to the idea of our football.
‘But he is working very well and today he tried to do his best but for sure he has to improve.’