Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has returned to training ahead of schedule in what is a huge boost for Antonio Conte’s side.
The Belgian went under the knife in June after suffering a broken ankle on international duty.
The 26-year-old was expected to return to action in October and was completely ruled out of Chelsea’s far-east tour.
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However, Hazard was able to participate in light training this week and could be on course for an earlier return than expected.
Chelsea have played two matches so far in pre-season, beating Arsenal 3-1 and then losing to Bayern Munich 3-2.
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Conte has opted for a reduced pre-season this summer with the Blues playing just four matches before they kick-off their Premier League campaign against Burnley.