Chelsea must avoid injuries in Premier League title defence, says Gary Cahill

• Defender admits Chelsea’s understrength squad will tested
• Cahill: ‘You just have to hope we don’t have too many injuries’

Gary Cahill has suggested Chelsea will have to rely on keeping players fit this season if they do not add to their depleted ranks.

Antonio Conte’s side, deprived of the injured Eden Hazard and with new signing Tiemoué Bakayoko sidelined after knee surgery, looked short of resources during their Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Sunday and Cahill was not the only person to notice the squads listed in the Wembley programme showed Chelsea could potentially select from 17 fewer players than their opponents.

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