Chelsea boss Graham Potter drops surprise selection hint ahead of Zagreb

A Chelsea star could be in for a rare start on Wednesday evening.

Denis Zakaria joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign, with an option of a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

The fee required for a permanent deal is believed to be £30m.

Zakaria is yet to feature in a Chelsea shirt and has had already had to endure a change of manager as Thomas Tuchel was sacked and replaced by Graham Potter.

The Chelsea boss spoke on Dennis Zakaria’s lack of game time this season earlier this month add had this to say: “We’ve got a squad of 24 players and we’ve used a lot. In that position there are good players so he has had to be patient.

“He is fighting for his place and is ready to help the team. We can’t play everybody. He’s doing nothing wrong but he’s not had the game time I’m sure he would like. But he’s acting well in training.”

Now, ahead of facing Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday, Potter has suggested the Swiss midfielder could be in for a start:

“He has been really good,” Potter told reporters on Tuesday. “He’s trained well and has been supporting his team-mates. He’s disappointed not to play like anybody is but up until the weekend the results have been positive and with the performances.

“We’re trying to take steps. He’s in the frame for tomorrow. He is in the squad. He is available for selection so we will wait and see.”

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Josh Barker

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