Antonio Conte has provided an injury update ahead of the Community Shield on Sunday.
The Blues take on Arsenal in the season curtain raiser at Wembley, in what promises to be a tough test for the reigning champions ahead of the start of the Premier League campaign.
Conte will be without two key players for the game, however. As the Express report, the Italian has revealed that both Eden Hazard and summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko have been ruled out of Sunday’s game with respective injury problems.
The Express note that Conte also confirmed that both players will miss Chelsea’s first league fixture against Burnley. It remains to be seen when they will both return to action.
Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante will likely form the midfield at Wembley, with the former facing his former employers once again. Hazard’s absence will be far more noticeable, and his influence almost impossible to replace.