Kurt Zouma hands Chelsea a boost ahead of Antonio Conte’s arrival

Kurt Zouma is hoping to be back in action for Chelsea before the end of the year

Kurt Zouma has handed Chelsea a significant boost by revealing that his recovery from his serious knee injury is on schedule.

The France international has been ruled out of Euro 2016 after he sustained the problem playing against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge back in February.

Zouma underwent surgery in Spain to correct the problem and is now working hard on his rehabilitation at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

The defender has now revealed that he hopes to be back playing again for the west London club before the end of the year as he continues to work on his fitness levels.

Zouma is quoted as saying by Metro: “I don’t know when I’ll be back out on the pitch but everything’s going well.

“I’m kicking the ball around a bit, I’m not in any pain and I feel good.

I hope so [return before 2017], I think I’ve got enough time to be ready.

“But I don’t have a precise date.”

The news will come as a significant boost for Chelsea as the Blues prepare to welcome Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge as the club’s new manager this summer.

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Conte is set to officially take charge at Stamford Bridge after fulfilling his duties with Italy at Euro 2016.

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