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.