Chelsea star Willian has confirmed he is ready to make his first Premier League start since October following the passing of his mother.
The Brazil international was given compassionate leave by the Blues two months ago and he missed the 3-0 win over reigning champions Leicester City.
Willian has since struggled to get back into the first-team, with Antonio Conte’s men currently on a nine-match winning streak in the Premier League.
He has made an impact off the bench in recent weeks, as he scored during the 3-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite being out of the first-team picture, Willian has thanked Conte for his support and he admits he is now ready to make his mark in the starting XI.
“The manager changed the team because I was in a difficult moment. I lost my mum and I had to stay in Brazil for a few days,” he said.
“I missed some games and the team started to win and play well. Pedro came in and he did very well.
But the manager talked to me and told me to stay concentrated, to work hard in training and when I come into the game to try to do my best.
I feel more fresh and good to come back in the team.” He added: “He gives me confidence to get back in the team and train hard to play well.
I am happy because I came in and helped my team-mates to win that game (against Man City).”