West Ham United are set to receive a boost ahead of their meeting with the champions on Saturday afternoon, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hammers are still looking for a first win under the stewardship of David Moyes, but could have striker Javier Hernandez back for the contest at the London Stadium.
Since the former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss took over from Slaven Bilic, West Ham have picked up just one point from four matches, with just a draw against Leicester all they have to show for their efforts in that time.
The Mexico international has been missing for all of those with injury, but he is back in training, and could be set for a recall against the champions.
Hernandez is expected to face a fitness test ahead of the West Ham game to make sure he is completely over the thigh issue which has kept him on the sidelines for more than a month.
Moyes won’t want to bring his star striker back too soon, especially with the Christmas period on the horizon and a busy set of matches to come, but he may be forced to play him on Saturday.
That is because he remains without Andy Carroll, who is still out injured, while none of his other West Ha forward players are really offering much of a threat. The only goals the Hammers have scored under the Scot have come from a midfielder and a defender.
West Ham take on Chelsea on Saturday before hosting Arsenal next Wednesday. They then head to Stoke and host Newcastle United in the Premier League all before Christmas Day, while they have a Carabao Cup quarter final at the Emirates Stadium in that time too.
With that in mind, Hernandez may well be eased back into action rather than thrown into the deep end, but his return doesn’t sound too far away.