Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has refused to confirm whether star player Eden Hazard could start against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Belgian, who has missed the opening four league games for the Blues, made his first appearance of the season as a 58th minute substitute in the 6-0 Champions League win over Qarabag.

Following the game, when Conte was asked about Hazard’s chance of starting against the Gunners, he said: “It’s too early to speak about this. We must have a bit of patience with him to give him the possibility to recover very well, to be totally fit. I think this is the right process for him.

“Don’t forget in the team there are two players, Pedro and Willian, who are playing very well. We must be pleased to see him in the team. Now we must be calm and do the best for the player and the team, otherwise we risk a bad injury and delaying the situation.”