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Chelsea

Eden Hazard is back after recovering from an ankle injury.

Antonio Conte has no injury concerns for the game at Leicester.

– Former Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who signed for Chelsea on transfer window deadline day just ten days ago, is fit to face his ex team at King Power Stadium.

– New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta, signed on deadline day as well, can make his official debut for the Blues today.

 

Leicester City

– Robert Huth (ankle) and Vicente Iborra (groin) are both back in training after injury but today’s match will come too soon for both players.

-Leicester could include new signing Aleksandar Dragovic in their squad. The 26-year-old defender joined the club on a season-long loan from Bayer Leverkusen on deadline day.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Silva, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

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Antonio Conte confirmed it again: Eden Hazard is back and he’s available to play against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.

The Italian manager revealed he’s got no injured players for this clash and all the squad can be selected:

“We have no injury problems, all players available, someone can be tired but it’s normal after international break.

“Eden is available, he’s selected for tomorrow’s game, he’s improving a lot and working very hard to be ready, I have to decide the right moment for him to come back, but he’s available now.

“It’s normal when there is a bad injury and surgery to pay attention to the recovery, don’t forget Eden is an important player for us, he has to continue to play, not to stop himself.”

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Eden Hazard is training at Cobham Training Ground ahead of his return on the pitch with Chelsea  this weekend.

The Belgian star was back in official games last weekend, where he played a total of 90′ minutes with Belgium in Russia 2018 qualifiers, gaining the access to the competition, after recovering from a broken ankle injury all summer long.

Eden is training along with his youngest brother Kylian, that was signed by Chelsea in the last week of the transfer window.

Hazard is ready to come back on the pitch with Chelsea in next Premier League clash against Leicester City, scheduled for this Saturday at 3 pm BST.

The Belgian forward already played a friendly game against QPR and a league game with Chelsea U23 before being back in action in official games with his national team.

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Last week manager Antonio Conte criticised Roberto Martinez’ decision to include Eden Hazard in the Belgium squad for the two World Cup qualifiers vs Gibraltar and Greece.

Now, despite Hazard played in both games, Conte, according to reports by the London Evening Standard, still wants to delay Eden Hazard return to first-team action.

On Saturday, Chelsea will play Leicester away and the best the Belgian striker can hope for is a place on the Blues bench.

 

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Speaking before returning to the pitch with Chelsea, after he was back with Belgium in this international break, Blues star Eden Hazard hails Real Madrid and doesn’t rule out a move to the Spanish giants before his career ends:

“At the moment I’m good in England…I play in one of the best teams, but yes, the Spanish League is special,” he said in an interview with Spanish outlet Marca.

“Why not one day? Of course, for the moment I’m here.

“I think now, at this moment, Real Madrid is the best team in the world.

“They have won everything and have good players, a great coach. He has won everything both player and coach.

“He’s a special type. Everyone knows him as a player. To think of football is to think of Zidane,” the Belgian said about his childhood idol

“As a player and as a coach, he has won everything and he is special, what he has achieved on and off the pitch has been magical and I’m so happy to see him succeed again.”

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Speaking at a commercial event Chelsea star Eden Hazard reveals that he would like to play again with his attacking partner Diego Costa, who is AWOL after falling out with manager Antonio Conte in the end of the last season.

“Diego? We spent three years together and we won everything, not the Champions League but we won the league,” Hazard said at a Nike launch.

“It was a pleasure to play with him.

“I want him back but you know I don’t make the decision. But he is a top guy, a top player

“I hope for him in the future he can find a solution and I want to see him on the pitch soon.”

“We want to win something big with Chelsea and that is always what we want in the start of the season,” he added.

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Antonio Conte confirmed his 23-man-squad for Champions League group stage.

The Italian manager left out of the list AWOL Diego Costa, that was included in the Premier League one last week.

All the new signings are present and also some youngsters – as the rules demand- were included.

These are the players allowed to play the most important European tournament with the Blues shirt in the next months:

Willy Caballero, Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jake Clarke-Salter, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Victor Moses, Kenedy, Charly Musonda, Willian, Kyle Scott, Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi

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Speaking to the Spanish newspaper Marca about Real Madrid, Chelsea striker Eden Hazard confirmed at the moment he is focused on the Blues and the current Premier League and Champions League season with the London club.

The future, however, can totally be another matter: “For the moment I’m good in England”. – Hazard said – “I play for one of the best clubs in England, but the Spanish league is special. Why not? For the moment I’m here. I think Real Madrid are now the best team in the world because they have won everything. They have good players, a good manager”.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is back from his broken ankle injury in this international break: he played 90′ in two World Cup 2018 qualifiers with Belgium and scored a goal against Gibraltar in last week 9-0 win.

The Belgian player is convinced this season won’t be easy, as Chelsea are defending their Premier League title but are also trying to do their best in the Champions League, a competition that Hazard would like to win soon with the Blues:

“I think this year will be no different from the previous years, in the sense that every year it is difficult, especially when you play in many competitions.

“This year we have the Champions League as well and it is not easy to succeed in multiple competitions. But we will do our best and we have got depth in our squad so sometimes maybe one or two players can rest so they are 110 per cent for the next competition

“We just want to win as many trophies as possible, for me personally I haven’t won the Champions League so maybe that one would be a little bit more special, but I would prefer us to win everything.”

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is currently with Belgium National squad, which are among the teams who will play the World Cup in Russia next summer as they are leading Group H with 22 points in 8 games so far.

Hazard told Spanish outlet Marca he hopes to play alongside Diego Costa again, despite his bust-up with manager Antonio Conte“Diego and I have been playing together for three years, we won everything together except the Champions League – he claimed – It is a pleasure to play with him: he is a top player and a top person.

“I would like to see him back, but I do not make the decisions. I hope we can find a solution and see him on the field soon.”

About Alvaro Morata: “He is still very young, but he has won many titles with Juve and Madrid, so he has a lot of experience.

“We need this type of player, able to score many goals, and Alvaro can do it. We are happy with him. He is a good boy, talkative, even in English. We are looking forward to playing together.”

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