Chelsea’s France defender Kurt Zouma hopes to be available for selection in two months after having surgery on a knee injury he suffered in February, he has told the club’s website.
The 21-year-old, who returned to training on Monday, suffered a knee ligament injury in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United in February and missed the rest of the season, including the European Championship in France.
“I’ve been working alone for a while and now I’m training, learning and improving with the guys. I didn’t know I would be back on the training pitch by now, I thought it would be a bit later,” Zouma told the website (www.chelseafc.com).
“My knee is okay and I don’t have any pain, which is great. I’m not fit enough yet but hopefully in six weeks or a couple of months I will be, we will have to wait and see.”
Zouma, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2014, made 23 league appearances for the London club as the champions finished a disappointing 10th in the standings. Chelsea open their 2016-17 campaign at home to West Ham United on August 15.
Chelsea are now under the managerial reign of Antonio Conte with the Italian taking control last week post his run to the semi-finals with the Azzurri.