Chelsea have long forgotten the shambles that was their opening day defeat to Burnley at Stamford Bridge where Cesc Fabregas was sent off and put his position in the team in jeopardy.

Fortunately for Cesc, he was welcomed back after suspension and has been on fine form in recent weeks but the Telegraph note that the Spaniard could be set for a spell on the sidelines.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has impressed since returning to full fitness and started alongside Fabregas in the Champions League win over Qarabag, a game in which Fabregas played the full 90 minutes and Bakayoko was afforded a rest as he was replaced by N’Golo Kante.

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The belief is that Antonio Conte is planning to run with a midfield two of Bakayoko and Kante for the game against Arsenal this weekend with Fabregas forced to settled for a place on the bench against his former club.

If they impress, they could be set for an extended run in the side, especially if Eden Hazard returns to the height of his powers providing that creativity in attacking areas that Fabregas has been producing excellently of late.