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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri dropped a huge hint during his pre-match press conference that Eden Hazard could make his return from injury against Crystal Palace.

Hazard has been out injured with a back injury since the 2-2 draw with Manchester United last month and has missed Chelsea’s last three games.

Kepa Arrizabalaga should return to the starting XI after Maurizio Sarri opted to give Willy Caballero game time in midweek.

Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are also expected to get the nod in the left-back and right-back positions respectively, with Emerson Palmieri and Davide Zappacosta dropping out.

Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill started in midweek but Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz are expected to play in central defence.

In-form Ross Barkley is expected to line up alongside N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in central midfield while Alvaro Morata should retain his spot up front with Olivier Giroud an injury doubt.

Eden Hazard should start in the left wing while Willian is expected to start from the right.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Willian, Hazard, Morata

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