Antonio Conte leads all-action training session at Stamford Bridge

Hughes Chelsea missing the 'dark arts' brought by Diego Costa

The Italian boss will be delighted that the vast majority of his squad will be fit for the clash.

Only midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) and defender David Luiz, who is suspended domestically and has a broken wrist, are absent.

Conte also confirmed that he now - finally! - considers Eden Hazard fully fit, which means that the Chelsea star could be making his first Premier League start of the season tomorrow.

ANTONIO CONTE says Tiemoue Bakayoko is fit to face Stoke despite suffering minor injuries in a auto crash.

More importantly from Conte's point of view, Costa will switch to Madrid and train with his new club, drawing a line under the contentious issue that the manager has been repeatedly forced to deal with.

"As it is he's left Chelsea and the Premier League and that's a real shame". 'They have beaten Arsenal and drawn with Manchester United already this season, so they are stopping really good teams.

"Now it is very important to prepare". We are working very well and I'm pleased with the commitment and behaviour of my players. "He continues to work to try to recover from his injury".

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'Bakayoko is fine. It was a minor accident yesterday with his auto but he's fit and available for the Stoke game'.

'I am pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well and with a good intensity.

It makes Saturday's task look even more daunting for Stoke as they look to bounce back from two successive defeats, a 2-1 loss at Newcastle last weekend and Tuesday's 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Bristol City, which Hughes labelled "our worst performance of the season".

"I think they've got more sendings off in the opening five or six games as in the whole of previous year", he said.

With Chelsea facing the prospect of three games in seven days, Conte knows he will have to rotate his squad and believes he is now able to call on Hazard from the start, rather than manage him carefully from the bench. "Now we have to play three games, and it's possible to pick him for these games".

At Chelsea, we're all about looking forward rather than looking back, so as we thank Costa for all the seasonos (and goals), the important part is the three points on offer at Stoke and keeping pace with the Manchester clubs, who are the last two unbeaten teams in the league.

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