Blues legend Branislav Ivanovic set to play against Chelsea for the first time

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Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic made a surprise summer move to West Bromwich Albion, after more than three years with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.

Ivanovic played for the Baggies for 60 minutes in their Carabao Cup third round tie in midweek.

Ivanovic, who’s now 36 impressed on his first appearance in English football for over three-and-a-half years in his debut game for West Brom, and didn’t look like he’s anywhere close to retirement.

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic has hinted he could give the veteran defender an opportunity to play against his former team.

“It was always the plan for him (Ivanovic) to play 45 minutes minimum against Brentford – maybe 60,” Bilic said.

“He felt good so it was 60 and he is now in my mind for Chelsea – we are going to see. The Brentford game was the best possible training for him. He came out of it clean, no issues.

“He brings us quality, he brings us composure, he brings us experience and he brings us leadership on the pitch. We will see. We have a long time to prepare him and the squad for the Chelsea game. Why not?”

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