Confirmed: Antonio Conte Suffers Huge Setback As Chelsea Star Ruled Out For Stoke Clash

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be without Spanish international Pedro for the Premier League clash with Stoke City.

Pedro, who was handed a place in Conte’s starting line-up for the Boxing Day fixture against Bournemouth, scored the opening and closing goals against Eddie Howe’s team.

Given his chance to impress in the absence of Diego Costa, Pedro was handed a yellow card by referee Mike Jones which will see him suspended for Chelsea’s next game which falls on New Year’s Eve.

Chelsea are set to extend their winning run in the Premier League to 12 games – a new club record.

Although Conte will be without Pedro for their game against Stoke, will welcome back Costa and N’Golo Kante who missed the Bournemouth game through suspension.

Cherries boss hails Hazard and says Chelsea ‘can go all the way’

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said Chelsea showed they are capable of winning the title in their 3-0 victory over his side at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s win was their 12th in a row in the Premier League and cemented their position at the top of the table.

Pedro scored twice and Howe admitted his team struggled to contain the superb Eden Hazard, who scored with a second-half penalty after being fouled in the area.

“He was outstanding with his movement and ability to turn on the ball so quickly,” Howe said.

“When you have Hazard, Pedro and Willian counter-attacking you it is very difficult.

“We gave them too many chances to get in those situations and that’s certainly something for us to take away from this game.

“The manager has done a great job. Chelsea look very strong and they can go all the way.”

Victor Moses Gets Applause From Conte & Standing Ovation From Chelsea Fans

Chelsea wing back Victor Moses was once again given another standing ovation from fans of Chelsea after his substitution in their 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Nigerian was replaced by Anglo Nigerian defender Ola Aina with time added on left to play and the Nigerian deservedly got a standing ovation from the fans, which was triggered by an initial applause from coach Antonio Conte.

Conte gave the Nigerian a big hug, before getting plenty applause from the boss and the fans who stood up to salute the rejuvenated former Wigan Athletic man.

Moses had a game to remember for the Blues, putting in a shift that saw him cover the most distance among all players on parade for the table toppers.

Although he was beaten to the man of the match award by his usual partner on the right Pedro Rodriguez, his performance once again confirmed why he is regarded as one of the most important player in the Chelsea set up.

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