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Olivier Giroud will remember first Chelsea start after needing stitches

Olivier Giroud will remember first Chelsea start after needing stitches

When questioned on whether he had been "too successful" in improving existing players in his squad and therefore discouraging the Chelsea board from wanting to sign marquee stars, Conte admitted: "You are not the first person to suggest this". But his latest injury will make it tougher for him to convince the manager about his fitness to travel with the Three Lions. "They have difficult periods but they do come through them and I have great respect for the manager and I think he will come through it - no problem".

Antonio Conte hailed the contribution of Olivier Giroud after the France striker marked his full Chelsea debut with an all-action display against West Brom.

While that is one loan not working out for the club there are others that are going much better.

You'd struggle to think of a player so talented whose career has been so plagued by injury.

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Physioroom.com tracks injuries to Premier League players and, according to its statistics, this is the 31st occasion he has been injured since then. "That didn't give us the perfect start".

But the Blues eventually woke up, and forced Ben Foster into a couple of smart saves in quick succession.

"It seems like all the clubs "in and around" the Baggies are suddenly all getting good results".

Our aim is to entertain and inform our listeners, with the best music, local news and current affairs plus top class live sports coverage. As for Marcos Alonso, he's missing after twanging his ankle in training, according to Conte. It's the same for me.

Hazard got his brace 20 minutes before time after cutting to the inside before firing a low effort at Foster's near post, 3-0.

On the 25th minute, with the Blues gradually knocking on the door of the Baggies, Giroud did exactly what Conte would've wanted of him by linking up beautifully with Eden Hazard for the opener.

Alan Pardew's dreary side remain rock bottom, seven points from safety with just 11 matches left to play.

For West Brom, they took a risk in bringing in someone so injury prone as they bid for Premier League survival.