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Conte is remaining tight-lipped about whether either will make the squad for Saturday's trip to Stoke City in the Premier League, but is adamant that both will feature as the campaign progresses.

The Italian boss will be delighted that the vast majority of his squad will be fit for the clash.

Conte will have nearly all his players available for the game, including Crash Bakayoko, with only midfielder Danny Drinkwater unable to take part.

Eden Hazard is expected to start his first game of the season for the Blues.

The former Monaco midfielder was involved in a vehicle crash outside of Chelsea's training ground on Thursday but luckily did not suffer any injuries and is fit to play, according to Conte. After all, they are unbeaten at home this season, having already beat Arsenal and held Manchester United to a draw, and have plenty of talented attacking players with whom to put pressure on the Chelsea defence.

"The most important thing is to go game by game".

'We must pay great attention to them. I'm working with my players, I'm very happy to work with these players.

"There is always a reaction on the back of a disappointing result, and we fully expect the performance to be markedly better this weekend".

He also suffered a fractured wrist during the match against Arsenal but has continued full training and can play through the injury for his side's upcoming matches.

'I am pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well and with a good intensity.

Hazard had made just three appearances off the bench for the Blues this season after breaking his ankle at the end of last term.

He said: "I think they've had more sent off than in the whole of previous year". "I repeat: for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season with us".

Hughes, who has been using a formation with three men in the centre of defence, can not call upon the on-loan Kurt Zouma for the match at the bet365 Stadium as he is ineligible to face his parent club.

At Chelsea, we're all about looking forward rather than looking back, so as we thank Costa for all the seasonos (and goals), the important part is the three points on offer at Stoke and keeping pace with the Manchester clubs, who are the last two unbeaten teams in the league.


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