Conte rules out Hazard and Bakayoko for Arsenal and Burnley

Conte rules out Hazard and Bakayoko for Arsenal and Burnley

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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.”