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Olivier Giroud played from the start against West Brom where he provided an assist for Eden Hazard to score, but hasn’t started a league game since then.

The France international moved to Chelsea from Arsenal for a fee of £18 million in the January transfer window, and Antonio Conte has now admitted that the powerful striker is ready to start games.

“He’s ready,” Conte said in his press conference. “Olivier has specific characteristics; he’s a strong player, he has a lot of physicality and I think in some games it’s right to start with him, in others it’s right to start with Morata, in others it’s right to continue to play with Hazard as the number nine.

“Olivier played against West Brom from the start, he played against Hull and he came on in other games, but he’s ready.

“If I think it’s right for the team to play in this way it’s okay, otherwise I can take another decision to play with a striker.”

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