Eden Hazard could make early Chelsea return against rivals Tottenham

Eden Hazard could make early Chelsea return against rivals Tottenham

Eden Hazard could make early Chelsea return against rivals Tottenham

Hazard has been sidelined since breaking his ankle on worldwide duty with Belgium in June, while £40 million summer signing Bakayoko arrived at Chelsea from Monaco nursing a knee injury sustained in the final months of last season.

Pedro Rodriguez is also an injury doubt for Chelsea after missing the Burnley game with an ankle knock, but despite sitting out training earlier this week hopes are high that the Spain worldwide will be fit to face Tottenham.

Chelsea head into their game with Tottenham desperately looking to return to winning ways after their disastrous 3-2 loss to Burnley on the opening day of the season. "He's not at the top of physical condition but I think he will be in contention for the game because in this moment I don't have other midfielders available", Conte told a pre-match media conference on Friday.

No club does boom and bust quite like Chelsea. "Then we can solve this situation".

It could mean that both Hazard and Bakayoko are available to be picked by manager Antonio Conte provided their fitness is up to scratch following an entire summer of injury - but the Italian will be hoping two of his most important players will be back as soon as possible.

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Conte also provided an update on Eden Hazard and while the Belgian global has made good progress in his recovery from an ankle injury, the Blues boss says he needs more time before he'll be ready to start. It could force me to make a hard decision. We have to be ready to fight this situation, not to find excuses.

"We must have patience with him and try to do the best for him".

"In my career I never found an easy situation, this is my story".

Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United last month - and are pushing hard to sign Leicester star Danny Drinkwater - and Conte admits he's lacking options in midfield in the lead-up to the London derby. "The physical condition might not be 100 per cent and we have to take some risks".

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