By Matt Bullin
Cesc Fabregas starts for Chelsea as they take on Southampton in the Premier League tonight.
Fabregas is one of four changes Antonio Conte made to the side that beat Spurs 4-2 last Saturday.
Diego Costa, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard all also returned to the starting XI with Pedro, Willian, Nathan Ake and Michy Batshuayi missing out.
Chelsea confirmed the team news on their official Twitter account prior to kick-off.
Team to face Southampton: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Fabregas, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 25, 2017
Fabregas, 29, is set to make his 32nd appearance of the season in all competitions. He has scored six goals and provided 10 assists.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder has been overlooked by Conte for much of the season, with the Italian instead preferring his dependable duo of N’Golo Kante and Matic.
However in recent weeks Fabregas has impressed coming off the bench, and he even earned himself a start at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard has represented his country 110 times and has scored 15 goals.
A win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will see them move seven points clear at the top of the league, as Tottenham face Crystal Palace tomorrow night.
Chelsea fans were delighted to see the Spaniard recalled to the starting XI and they took to Twitter to share their delight.
Here are a selection of their Tweets:
— Mohammed (@_7m00) April 25, 2017
okay let's do this lads!!💪
— Goddy✴🕇 (@goddyjunior) April 25, 2017
— Baasto🇸🇴 (@_ab0909) April 25, 2017
— AussieBlue31 (@CfcForLife88) April 25, 2017
— JS 🇷🇺🇩🇪 (@JS_SZN) April 25, 2017
Fabregas is Magic🔥
— Nitin (@nitin_cul) April 25, 2017
— naya Eden (@EdenNaya) April 25, 2017
In other Chelsea news, the club could lose out on this winger for £6.5million in the summer.