Bad news for Chelsea as a star player pulls out of the Sunderland game

Bad news for Chelsea as a star player pulls out of the Sunderland game

Antonio Conte

Bad news for Chelsea

Premier League table toppers Chelsea have received some bad news on Wednesday morning.

The Blues will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal’s slip-up at Everton on Tuesday night when they travel to Sunderland.

However Antonio Conte’s side will be without one of their star players for the away game at the Stadium of Light.

So who is out?

It’s been confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is out for the Black Cats game.

The Belgium international has picked up a knock in training and he’ll likely be replaced by Willian in the Blues midfield.

Match preview

Sunderland suffered their tenth Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 3-0 at fellow relegation strugglers Swansea City.

Prior to the defeat, David Moyes side showed some form, winning three of their previous four matches.

By contrast, Chelsea recorded their ninth straight league win on Saturday, beating West Brom 1-0.

Diego Costa scored the winner to become the outright top goalscorer in the division with 12 goals to his name.

Antonio Conte’s side have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine.

This match looks to be foregone conclusion and another three points for the Blues, but stranger things have happened.

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