Chelsea new boy Ross Barkley trains with team-mates ahead of Arsenal clash but Antonio Conte says he is not ready to take part in EFL Cup game

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Ross Barkley trained with his new Chelsea team-mates as they build up to their game against Arsenal.

The midfielder signed from Everton at the start of the January transfer window after a potential move for him at the end of August collapsed suddenly.

The game against Arsenal in the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday will be too early for Barkley, who is still battling back from an injury he picked up before the start of the season.

Midfielder Ross Barkley trained with his Chelsea team-mates on Tuesday afternoon

Midfielder Ross Barkley trained with his Chelsea team-mates on Tuesday afternoon

The former Everton midfielder continued his recovery from an injury in the session

The former Everton midfielder continued his recovery from an injury in the session

But manager Antonio Conte (left) believes the EFL Cup semi-final will come too soon for him

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois dives to keep a ball out of his net during the training session

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois dives to keep a ball out of his net during the training session

Brazilian defender David Luiz dribbles with the ball as he continues his own return from injury

Brazilian defender David Luiz dribbles with the ball as he continues his own return from injury

Barkley is watched by his new team-mates as he dribbles with the ball at Cobham

Barkley is watched by his new team-mates as he dribbles with the ball at Cobham

‘I think that we must be pleased, but he needs a bit of time to work on the physical and tactical aspects. His condition is good, very good.’

Asked when Barkley would be ready for action, Conte continued: ‘I don’t know, it’s very difficult to say now.

‘But at the same time I’m very positive, because the player is a good guy, he’s shown great will to work, great desire to help us very soon.

Ethan Ampadu has the ball at his feet as his hair flies about during the training session

Ethan Ampadu has the ball at his feet as his hair flies about during the training session

Conte said he was happy that will have new addition Barkley available for selection soon

Conte said he was happy that will have new addition Barkley available for selection soon

‘And I think it’s very very positive. I’m very happy to have Ross with us for the rest of the season.’

Belgian goalkeeper Courtois could be seen diving to make a save during the training session at Cobham on Tuesday.

The likes of Victor Moses, Ampadu and Luiz carried out a number of drills with the ball as Conte’s side look to reach a first final of the season by beating Arsenal over two legs.

Victor Moses plays a pass to a Chelsea team-mate as the team prepare for their semi-final

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