Antonio Conte has told Chelsea fans that Eden Hazard is not yet fully fit as the playmaker continues his recovery from a broken ankle.
The 26-year-old is yet to feature for Chelsea this season after suffering a broken ankle while on international duty with Belgium at the start of the summer.
Hazard has been working hard on his rehabilitation at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground in recent weeks as he looks to try and get match fit as quickly as possible.
However, the forward is not likely to be fit for Chelsea’s clash with Everton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Despite not having played for Chelsea so far this summer, Hazard has been called up to the Belgium squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
However, Chelsea boss Conte has warned that the attacker is not yet completely fit.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday afternoon, Conte said: “Hazard is improving and, in the afternoon today [Friday], he’s playing with the U23s against Everton. But he’s not fully fit.
“If Hazard is ready, why doesn’t he play with us? Why is he playing with the U23s to continue to try and improve his form?
“I see him every day, I see him every day and I repeat: in this situation, it’s very important to give the right time to players to recover very well.”
Chelsea are looking to win their first Premier League home game of the season after their shock 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opener earlier this month.
The Blues are preparing to make a return to the Champions League next month after they were drawn against Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag in Group C.
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