Chelsea manager An tonio Conte has been handed a major boost after Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko returned to full training on Tuesday.
The pair were photographed taking part in training along with the rest of their Chelsea teammates at the club’s base in Cobham.
It will be a huge boost for Blues boss Conte, who has been without Hazard since the winger injured his ankle during a training session with the Belgium national team in early July, which subsequently required surgery.
Chelsea estimated that the 26-year-old – who enjoyed his best campaign at Stamford Bridge last season after scoring 16 Premier League goals – would be missing from action for three months.
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But his return to training could signal an earlier return date while summer signing Bakayoko could also be in contention for selection earlier than planned following minor knee surgery at the end of last season.
However, it is unlikely Hazard or Bakayoko will play any part in Conte’s matchday squad for the derby clash with Tottenham at Wembley this Sunday, which will hand the Italian a major selection dilemma in midfield.
Cesc Fabregas, along with Gary Cahill, is suspended for the match following his red card in the 3-2 loss against Burnley last weekend which could force Conte into fielding David Luiz next to N’Golo Kante as Chelsea sold midfielders Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah this summer.