Leicester v Chelsea: Eden Hazard a major doubt

Idrissa Gueye v Eden Hazard

Leicester v Chelsea

There’s a huge match at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea take on former EPL champs Leicester.

After starting the season with a home defeat to Burnley, Chelsea have rebounded. They beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, and they followed that up with a 2-0 win over Everton.

As for Leicester, after losing their opener at Arsenal the Foxes bet Brighton 2-0. Last time out they lost 2-0 at Man United.

Eden Hazard’s return

Belgium star Eden Hazard has yet to feature for Chelsea this season.

Hazard damaged his ankle during a training session with Belgium back in June.

However, the former Lille standout is on the road to recovery, and has recently turned in positive performances for the Blues’ U23s.

Moreover, in the recent international break Hazard scored against Gibraltar, while he also came on as a sub in a win away at Greece.

Those appearances will have boosted belief amongst Chelsea fans that Eden Hazard could return against Leicester.

However, according to the Evening Standard on Wednesday, Hazard may not feature against the Foxes.

Antonio Conte’s call

The Evening Standard claim Antonio Conte wants to hold back Eden Hazard this weekend. Readers are told:

Conte is wary about rushing Hazard back too soon before he is fully match fit and is thinking about naming the attacking midfielder on the bench with a view of bringing him on in the second half.

The Italian wants Hazard to be particularly ready for the visit of Arsenal and Manchester City on September 17 and September 30 respectively.

Other team news

Chelsea head to Leicester on Saturday in what could be Danny Drinkwater’s first game for the Blues.

Drinkwater signed for Chelsea on transfer deadline day and could well play in the middle of the park against his old club.

A return for Diego Costa at Leicester seems hugely unlikely as he hasn’t trained with the Blues yet this summer.

Also see: Chelsea name just two strikers in their Champions League squad.