Zouma nears Chelsea return after PL2 appearance

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Kurt Zouma‘s improved performances were cut down by a knee injury last February, and new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hasn’t been able to use the young French center back.

Zouma played 45 minutes for Chelsea’s reserves last week, a period which saw him turn 22.

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Now he’s gone 61 minutes for the PL2 side, taking another step toward joining Conte’s well-oiled 3-5-2. Conte said he’d add Zouma to the First Team if he came through Monday’s game well.

Gary Cahill again joined David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta in Chelsea’s back three as the Blues beat Southampton on Sunday, with Marcos Alonso playing left mid.

Zouma’s arrival could move Azpilicueta into the midfield, amongst other changes.