Antonio Conte replies when asked if new signing will start for Chelsea at Tottenham
Antonio Conte reveals that Tiemoue Bakayoko could be set to feature for Chelsea against Tottenham on Sunday
Antonio Conte has hinted that Tiemoue Bakayoko could be set to make his Chelsea debut when the Blues take on Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.
The French midfielder signed for the west London club from Monaco last month as Conte moved to bolster his squad ahead of his second season in charge.
Bakayoko has missed the start of the season after struggling with a minor knee injury but he was pictured taking part in full Chelsea training at Cobham last week.
The 23-year-old could be in line to feature for Chelsea on Sunday, as the Blues will be without Cesc Fabregas due to suspension following his sending off against Burnley last weekend.
And Conte admitted that Bakayoko is not completely match fit yet, but hinted that he could be set to feature for the Blues this weekend at Wembley.
Asked about Bakayoko’s situation, Conte told his pre-match news conference at Cobham: “Bakayoko is improving very well.
“He is not at the top physical condition but I think he could be in contention for the game.
“The situation is not easy in this moment. At this moment I don’t have other midfielders available.
“I have to make a difficult decision, but Bakayoko could be in contention for the game against Tottenham, why not?”
Chelsea are looking to bounce back to winning ways after their disastrous 3-2 loss to Burnley in their first game of the season at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The Blues also lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the month.