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Chelsea skipper Terry fit for Hammers cup clash

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Chelsea captain John Terry is fit to return for the EFL Cup fourth round tie at West Ham following an ankle injury.

The Blues defender is set for his first action since 11 September, but defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder Cesc Fabregas remain sidelined.

West Ham striker Andre Ayew is back in training after a thigh injury suffered in the first game of the season.

Manager Slaven Bilic will “play a strong team” as his side’s next league game, against Everton, is on Sunday.

The Croatian added: “If you go through, because some big teams will have left, you may have an easier game and then you’re nearly there.

“It’s a one-off London derby cup game. Five or 10 years ago clubs weren’t so keen on this cup but now it’s important.”

I always show respect – Conte

Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte has displayed plenty of passion in his short time in England but is adamant he did not mock Manchester United during their 4-0 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

Conte encouraged Blues fans to make more noise in the closing stages, with reports claiming Mourinho told the Italian at the final whistle that his actions had “humiliated” United.

“You can see my history and my past, you can see my emotion on the bench,” said the former Juventus boss.

“I want to stay very close to my players, to help them when we’re suffering. I always show respect for the opponent, for the other team and the other club – my history speaks for me.”

    Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Chelsea skipper Terry fit for Hammers cup clash

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