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Friday 15 December 2017

Hazard ready for Cup start

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in tonight's League Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.

The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."

Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.

Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better. "He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.

Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences. David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Arsenal and will also be absent from the League games with Stoke and Manchester City.

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