The centre-back's last outing came as the Blues went down 4-1 at the hands of Watford last month, and despite showing significant signs of struggle in that game as well both ties Champions League ties with Roma earlier in the year, he remains a firm favourite within the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
Conte's future at Chelsea has been under the scanner since the end of last season, but he is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current campaign.
"I think, for John, Chelsea is his home", he said.
Frank Lampard and John Terry have held talks about returning to Chelsea, according to reports.
The Serbian, who had a two-year spell at Chelsea as a player, making 39 league appearances for the Blues between 2000 and 2002, "is seen as someone commanding in the changing room and a coach who prioritises playing attacking football", the Mail declares. It's right, also, for the players to see again their old captain.
'Also to use the right work in the right moment.
"I tried to keep him for another season but he wanted to play and I understood this". I wish to him the best for him and his family'.
Lampard and John Terry were at Chelseas training ground this week.
Villa are now third in the Championship and are hoping to earn promotion via the play-offs, raising the possibility that if Terry stays at the club he could face Chelsea in the Premier League next season.