Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that he will not rush Tiemoue Bakayoko and Eden Hazard back into action, report the Metro.
As the Metro report, both players have been sidelined with injury problems, which has forced them to miss Chelsea’s tour of the far east.
The Metro claim that both Bakayoko and Hazard are expected to miss the start of the Premier League season, which will undoubtedly be a major blow for the defending champions.
There is no doubt that Conte will want them back on the field of play as soon as possible, but the Metro quote the Italian, who refuses to put a time frame on their return:
“When you arrive from a bad injury, after surgery, it’s not easy to programme an exact date to come back.”
“They are recovering very well and everybody knows the importance of them. Every single player must be in the best form to play.”
“Otherwise we risk putting the player in a bad position and then to have damage for the team.”
We are all eager to see Bakayoko in action, and the thought of starting the season without Hazard is difficult to imagine. Over the course of the long and treacherous season, however, Conte’s patience will prove to be a shrewd move.