Friday, 18 August 2017

Bokayoko set to make debut against Spurs


The ex-Monaco man underwent knee surgery
prior to signing at Stamford Bridge, but a
spate of injuries mean he may be pressed
into action
Tiemoue Bakayoko's Chelsea debut may
come sooner than planned with Antonio
Conte admitting he may have to risk the
midfielder due to a lack of alternative
Chelsea shelled out a reported £40million to
bring Bakayoko in from Ligue 1 champions
Monaco, but knee surgery at the end of last
season has delayed his integration into the
first-team set-up.
With Cesc Fabregas suspended for
Chelsea's trip to Wembley to face
Tottenham on Sunday after a red card
against Burnley in a surprise 3-2 Premier
League defeat last weekend, Conte
confirmed he may be forced to call on the
France international earlier than he would
The Blues head coach stated Eden Hazard
remains short of fitness following an ankle
injury, while Pedro is suffering from pain in
the same joint and is a doubt to face Spurs.
"Bakayoko is improving very well. 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.
"Hazard is improving, but to be fully fit I
think he needs time. We must have patience
with him and try to do the best for him.
"Pedro trained with us today and he felt
pain in his ankle – I don't know about him.
It's a difficult situation, I don't know if he's
available for the bench or not on Sunday."
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Conte is unhappy about having to risk
players who are not in peak condition but
wants no excuses for anything but a full-
blooded display from his side as they look
to bounce back from a disappointing
opening weekend.
"This situation is not easy. It could force
me to take a difficult decision, because in
this moment some players are not 100 per
cent in their physical condition," he said.
"[Alvaro] Morata is another player who
needs to continue to work to improve to find
the right physical condition. We have to
face a difficult situation and for this reason
I have to make difficult decisions.
"My only worry is that when you try to put
the players in very early the risk to have an
injury is high.
"We must be focused on the pitch, on the
game and to try to do our best against
Tottenham and not find an excuse, but only
focus on the game.
"A great club like Chelsea must be prepared
for this situation.
"It's important to continue to work, for
everyone to give 150 per cent and then for
sure we can solve the situation."

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