Stoke manager Mark Hughes faces a headache in defence for Chelsea clash

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes faces a headache in defence for Chelsea clash

On-loan Kurt Zouma is ineligible to face his parent club, with the injured Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer all set to be sidelined.

"Yes, Bakayoko is fit".

'I think this is the right way as the season is very long'.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes the departure of Diego Costa will be a huge loss for Chelsea who will miss the striker's goals and aggression.

"There is always a reaction on the back of a disappointing result, and we fully expect the performance to be markedly better this weekend".

'They stay with us.

Stoke, now placed 13th in the league, are on a three-game winless run since their 1-0 victory over Arsenal last month.

"We must pay great attention tomorrow. It won't be easy to have three strong games, so tough games, very, very close together". "A good test and challenge for us".

"We are working with Charly [Musonda] and Kenedy from January".

"For Kurt, this season is very important to play", he added.

The Potters will set out to make it hard for Chelsea, and they showed against Manchester United earlier in the month what they are capable of against the top teams.

Antonio Rudiger looked to be in high spirits as he posed for a picture with David Luiz, Kenedy and Willian after Chelsea's 5-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may hand Eden Hazard a start against Stoke City on Saturday (23 September) and confirmed the Belgium global is now completely over the ankle injury which blighted his start to the new season.

What appears encouraging for the Potters' chances is that their two home league games so far this term have seen them beat Arsenal 1-0 and draw 2-2 with Manchester United - and they have been beaten only three times in Chelsea's last eight visits in all competitions.

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