For several games, it looked like Chelsea were crying out for the return of John Terry.
The skipper hasn’t played since suffering an injury in September’s 2-2 draw at Swansea, with the Blues putting in some haphazard performances at the back since then.
However, Antonio Conte now seems happy with the way his 3-4-3 system is operating, and has warned that could mean Terry won’t even start.
According to the Sun, Terry will play in tonight’s game against West Ham in the EFL Cup, but as far as the club’s Premier League campaign is concerned, Conte is reluctant to make too many changes.
Chelsea have won three on the bounce without conceding a goal, with a centre-back partnership of David Luiz and Gary Cahill.
Terry won’t be playing on either side of them as Conte is likely to favour a player like Marcos Alonso who can bring pace going forward.
This may well be Terry’s final year at Stamford Bridge, but at this rate, it looks like it could be a quiet one, as it’s going to be difficult for him to change Conte’s mind as long as the Blues keep winning.