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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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New Chelsea signing Tiemoué Bakayoko, who can be included in squad for Spurs after being back in group training, claims he is looking forward to play along with N’Golo Kantè, who was PFA Player of the Year last season:

“N’Golo Kante has proved it all,” Bakayoko told Chelsea Magazine.

“He was the best player in the Premier League last season in the middle of the pitch and that is not easy.

“To play alongside him would be something very good for me and it can help me progress.

“I’ve played a match with him for the French national team so we know each other very well and I hope we can do beautiful things together this year.”

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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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Not only the Community Shield: Antonio Conte spoke also about Chelsea transfer market in the press conference ahead of Arsenal clash.

The Italian manager can already work with four new signings: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata – that all joined Chelsea in the last month, but he claims that the Blues still need another player to revamp his squad:

“For us it’s very important to improve our squad in terms of the numerical aspect because we have a small squad,” said Conte thinking also about the Champions League.

“Only one player is not enough to improve our team, we need more.

“The best way is to try to find the right solution. It’s important the club know my opinion about the number we need. They are trying to do the best for our team and our squad. Now we have to wait and have patience to improve our squad.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Community Shield clash against Arsenal: the Italian coach is not concerned about some important absences, like the ones of Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Pedro, all injured:

“It was a pity to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us,” he said recalling last May final.

“Now there is another game, we know very well Arsenal are a strong team. We are expecting a difficult game and we want to start the season with a win.

“I think the friendlies have ended for us, this is an official game and the first trophy of the season. It’s an important game, for sure.

“Chelsea and Arsenal are not in the best form because we are in the first part of the season, but we want to play a really good game with high intensity and prepare for the start of the season.’

Speaking about Sunday’s game, Conte said that it’s possible for Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi to play alongside:

“In this moment it could be an option,” the Italian manager revealed.

“When you have Hazard injured, Pedro injured and only Willian, I don’t see other options. For this reason I tried the combination of the two players. For sure, Alvaro wants to play as a number nine but with his characteristics he could play number 10.

“I have another day to make the best decision for the starting 11. Alvaro is working very well and trying to reach the best physical condition and go into our idea of football. He needs a bit of time but he is working very well. I don’t know what my decision will be but he is a really good player and a good person.”

 

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Antonio Conte reveals that Eden Hazard and Tiemoué Bakayoko will skip not only the Community Shield clash against Arsenal but also the first Premier League game against Burnley next week.

The two players are recovering from two different injuries: Hazard broke his ankle while on duty with Belgium in June and Bakayoko underwent a knee surgery last May.

When asked if he knew when the players could be available, Conte said:

“Honestly no. It’s too early and we have to wait and have patience.

“For sure they are improving a lot and recovering very well from their injuries but they are not ready for the start of the season.

“Eden, as you know, has an ankle problem. After surgery it’s important to respect the right time to recover. Bakayoko had surgery in his knee and he is working very well.

“After surgery it is important to expect the right time to recover. Their work is going very well.”

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New Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko hinted to a close return on the pitch with a post on social media.

The French midfielder was still recovering from a knee surgery he underwent last May when he signed for Chelsea some weeks ago and didn’t even take part to the Asian tour to follow a better recovery program in Cobham.

But a message he posted on Twitter this morning revealed we will see him playing soon: according to some rumours, he could be even on the bench in the Community Shield clash against Arsenal next Sunday, ready for his Chelsea debut.

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Antonio Conte replied like this when asked about the return of his injured players after Inter game last Saturday:

“We will not rush them back as every player must be in the best of form to play, otherwise they are put in a bad position which could be damaging for the team.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that latest signing Tiemoue Bakayoko needs to improve under his management as “he still doesn’t know anything about my idea of football”.

“For sure – Conte told London Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson – He needs a bit of time to adapt and to understand”.

“When you buy a player you need a bit of time to bring the player into your idea. It is the same now for Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger. For sure if the player arrives as soon as possible, it’s easier for me.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte gave an update on Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko’s injuries.

Hazard broke his ankle while on international duty with Belgium, while Bakayoko is carrying a knee injury that has seen him miss the pre-season tour in China and Singapore.

Both players are set to miss the start of the season, as the Italian manager confirmed:

“It is difficult to say because arrive after a bad injury, after ankle surgery, it is not easy to programme the date to come back. We hope for them to recover very well. Their is recovering very well. You know the importance of these players.

“We will not rush them back as every player must be in the best of form to play, otherwise they are put in a bad position which could be damaging for the team.

“Bakayoko is in a similar position like Eden. For me it is very important to the players to understand my idea of football. For Bakayoko, for example, at the moment he doesn’t know anything about my idea of football.

For sure, he needs a bit of time to adapt and understand and this is the great difficulty for a coach that has an idea of football and wants to give an identity.

“When you take a player you need a bit of time to bring the player into your idea. It is the same now for Morata and for Rudiger. For sure, if the player arrives as soon as possible, it is easy for me.”

Speaking about rumours linking Hazard to Spanish giants like Real Madrid or Barcelona, Conte added:

“I don’t know anything about this situation. In the past I read a lot of stories about Hazard with Real Madrid. And now Barcelona. But this is the transfer market, we must understand this.

“Yes. He is very happy to stay with us and to play for Chelsea.”

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