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Eden Hazard has returned to action playing 75’ with Chelsea development squad in the club’s Under 23s match against Everton last night.

The Belgian impressed on the pitch despite the defeat suffered in Premier League 2, which means that Chelsea remains with 3 points on the table.

Hazard is expected to be fully-fit in the next weeks following his recovery from a fractured right ankle.

Antonio Conte, who watched the game from the stands, speaking about Hazard (who has been selected in Belgium squad for their upcoming World Qualifiers) said yesterday: “I knew it 15 minutes ago, I am surprised about that decision”.

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Antonio Conte revealed today, during his press conference, that Eden Hazard will not be included in the Chelsea squad who will face Everton on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

So the Italian manager was a bit surprised, maybe disappointed also, when he discovered Roberto Martinez has, however, included Hazard, in the Belgium squad for they upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

I knew the news just 20 mins ago. For sure I’m a bit surprised by this decision” – Conte said as reported on Twitter by ESPN FC’s Liam Twomey.

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Speaking during his press-conference ahead of Chelsea’s game vs Everton, the Blues manager Antonio Conte confirmed he is focused on the team’s work on the pitch and he is not thinking about the transfer market.

My focus is only on the pitch” – Conte said – “The club is working very hard and we will see what happens at the end of the transfer market. We have to continue to work. If we stay with these players I am very happy”.

As for Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge all the players are fit except for Eden Hazard: “He is playing with the Under-23s” – Conte confirmed – “to continue to improve”.

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Thibaut Courtois produced a solid performance yesterday vs Tottenham and the Blues fans had the chance to appreciate the Belgian goalkeeper also off the field when, at the end of the match he gave his shirt to a young boy sitting in the away end.

Then Courtois himself spoke about the game and the season for Chelsea

We played with some different players against Tottenham than we had when we won the League in May”. – Courtois said – “Eden still has to come back, Bakayoko played his first game, so physically he is not at this best but it was a very good game to start for him. We will try to work hard and maybe after the international break we will know what our full squad is. We can build on that, play an amazing year and win trophies by the end of the season.”

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Paul Merson believes Chelsea’s defeat vs Burnley in their Premier League‘s opener is not so significant and that it’s very early to write off Antonio Conte’s men from the title race.

“Nobody is going to win every game in a season, it’s one game!” – Merson said on Soccer Saturday – “They got dismantled by Arsenal at the Emirates last season, and then all of a sudden they’ve won a dozen on the trot and win the league at a canter. I think there’s a long way to go – the players they’re missing; Eden Hazard, Pedro, Victor Moses, Bakayoko – who could miss them? Chelsea can’t afford to miss a Hazard, as much as Tottenham can’t afford to miss a Harry Kane”.

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Antonio Conte reveals Tiemoué Bakayoko can make his official debut with Chelsea next Sunday.

The French midfielder was recovering from a knee injury when he signed for the club one month ago and he proved he can perform in a friendly game against QPR arranged last Wednesday to test his and Eden Hazard’s condition before Spurs clash:

“Bakayoko is improving very well.

“He is not at the top physical condition but I think he could be in contention for the game. 

“The situation is not easy in this moment. At this moment I don’t have other midfielders available. I have to make a difficult decision, but Bakayoko could be in contention for the game against Tottenham, why not.”

Regarding Pedro and Eden Hazard, both recovering from ankle injuries, the Blues boss revealed:

Hazard is improving but to be fully fit he needs time. We must have patience with him and try to do the best for him. At the moment some players are not 100 per cent fit.

Morata also is another player who needs to continue to work and improve and find the right physical condition.

“My only worry is when you try to put the players back very early, the risk of getting an injury is high. This is my worry. The physical condition could not be 100 per cent but we have to face this situation.

“About Pedro, today he trained with us and he felt pain in his ankle. I don’t know about him. His situation is very difficult. I don’t know if he is available for the bench on Sunday.”

Chelsea will miss also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill against Tottenham, both suspended after their red card against Burnley in Premier League first game of the season.

 

 

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Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko were back in action in a friendly game against QPR played arranged at Cobham today to test their fitness.

Chelsea won 8-0 and Hazard even scored a goal but it’ s unlikely either of them will play any part in the match against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.

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The Belgian star is in the ending part of his broken ankle recovery, while the new French signing was recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in May.

A good boost for Antonio Conte and Chelsea in this start of a season that began in a negative way, with two defeats in the first two official games.

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They are team-mates in the Belgium national team and, for some weeks in the last two summers Radja Nainggolan has been also a Chelsea‘s target.

Now the Roma midfielder hails Eden Hazard saying the Blues striker, who is now recovering from an injury can compete for the Ballon d’Or with all the best football stars of the world.

“I think he has the capacity to win it because, for me, he is a very talented player, a very good player, a decisive player,” – Naingoolan told CNN Sports. -“He makes a difference on the pitch, but the only difference between him and, let’s say, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, is that they score much more than him. So, I think that is the most important thing and it’s the only difference between them, because for me Hazard is, let’s say, is in world’s top five.”

 

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Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko are back in training.

The two Chelsea players are recovering from serious injuries and missed the first two official games of the season, both defeats for the Blues: the one with Arsenal in the Community Shield and the Premier League debut with Burnley.

Antonio Conte ruled out both of them for Spurs game next weekend  but the pair was seen training with the rest of the squad in Cobham yesterday.

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It’s possible they are not ready to play yet but to test their capacity to perform in a match, a special friendly game was arragend for tomorrow in Cobham: it will be the first time that Eden will be able to play since breaking his ankle in June, as well as Bakayoko since undergoing a knee surgery last May.

Should they show to be ready, they will be included in the Chelsea squad for Tottenham clash at Wembley next Sunday.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled out Pedro for Premier League start.

The Italian coach confirmed the Spanish striker is not fit to face Burnley in the first league clash at Stamford Bridge tomorrow:

Pedro is not available because he is suffering with an injury from the Arsenal game and he wasn’t able to recover, it’s a knock on his ankle,” said the Blues boss in a press conference to preview the match.

Chelsea will miss also Eden Hazard, Tiemoué Bakayoko ( both injured) and Victor Moses ( suspended).

 

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