Pre-match press conference – Conte provides injury update on Eden Hazard ahead of Bournemouth clash, Terry still out

EDEN HAZARD is fit to play for Chelsea against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

The good news was confirmed by Antonio Conte ahead of the clash with Cherries.

But before he gave the injury update the Italian had a message to those in attendance at his pre-match press conference.

He said: “Before I want to start I wish for you and your families Merry Christmas.”

When pushed on the fitness of Hazard who picked up a knee problem in the win against West Brom earlier this month, Conte was quick in his response.

He added: “No, no, no, no. We are in good shape, all the players are fit.

“We have had no new injuries. Everyone is available. But not John Terry.”

Hazard has been in blistering form this season for the Blues, netting eight goals in 16 matches.

Chelsea are currently six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

And on the four previous occasions the Blues have been first on Christmas Day they have gone on to lift the trophy in May.

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