Bakayoko and Rudiger set to miss first pre-season friendlies

Bakayoko and Rudiger set to miss first pre-season friendlies

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New Chelsea signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger are set to miss the first part of the Blues Asian tour.

Bakayoko underwent a minor knee surgery in the end of the past seasoon and he is still recovering, while Rudiger is not ready to play yet and will miss the first game against Arsenal next Saturday in Bejing, but he could be available for the clash against Bayern Munich on 25 July or Inter on 29 ( both to be played in Singapore).

Eden Hazard is also not fit to play after suffering a fractured ankle while on duty with Belgium, and he will probably miss the start of the Premier League season: Conte is unsure to bring him to Asia, as it would be better for him to stay in London for a quicker recovery.

Diego Costa in out of the squad, waiting for his move to Atletico Madrid, while Nemanja Matic is not sure to be in the group that will travel to China because he has got chances to leave the club soon.

Mario Pasalic, Lewis Baker, Jeremie Boga and Andreas Christensen are among the youngsters that will jet out to Asia,  after a week back in training with their parent club this week at Cobham Training Centre.