Ross Barkley is unlikely to feature for Chelsea against Leicester City this afternoon but the 24-year-old could make his debut in the FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on Wednesday evening.
Barkley, who completed his £15 million move to Stamford Bridge last week, is still recovering from a hamstring injury that prevented him from making a single competitive appearance for Everton this season.
"He is working very hard and I think that maybe the next game against Norwich, he could be available, in contention," Conte has told reporters, per Goal.
But despite the fact he’s still not fully fit, Barkley took part in his first Chelsea training session on Friday.
The Blues have uploaded footage of the training session to their official YouTube channel and many of the club’s fans have viewed it to catch a glimpse of their new signing in action.
Video: Barkley's first Chelsea training session
Watch the footage here…
What Chelsea fans are saying about Barkley
Now let’s take a look at what Chelsea fans made of his first training session alongside the club’s stars…
As you can see, they’re all pretty impressed with what they’ve seen.
Barkley looked fit, confident and sharp. At no point did he look out of place or overawed training alongside some of the Premier League’s best players.
If one moment summed up his first training session it was that spectacular left-footed volley (4.20) while some cruel fans also enjoyed when he clattered Tiemoue Bakayoko in the back of the head during an aerial duel (4.47).
Barkley could be a shrewd signing for Chelsea
Barkley, who will wear the number eight shirt at Stamford Bridge, has a chance to cement his status as one of the bargains of the season.
Although the England international’s career has stalled in recent seasons, a move to west London - competing for major honours both domestically in Europe - could help him to finally fulfil his huge potential.
Shearer isn't convinced Barkley will feature regularly
But will he play regularly under Antonio Conte this season?
One man who isn’t convinced is the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, Alan Shearer.
“I don’t really see where he is going to fit into the Chelsea team and I don’t see him being a regular for them,” he said in his latest column for The Sun this week.
“However, it is still a great opportunity for the player. Ross is 24 now but he hasn’t kicked on like one or two other England players have since the last World Cup.
“I know he has had a serious injury as well — but we’ve been talking about potential for too long with him.
“I just hope that in another four years’ time he doesn’t look back and wonder what went wrong.”
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