Chelsea suffer Pedro blow for Stoke match

The Spaniard will not be in Antonio Conte's plans for their clash with Mark Hughes' men on New Year's Eve after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season on Boxing Day

Chelsea will be without Pedro for their clash with Stoke City on New Year's Eve after the attacker was handed his fifth booking of the Premier League season against Bournemouth.

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The former Barcelona star, who joined Stamford Bridge 16 months ago, went in late on Harry Arter with the Blues 2-0 ahead at home on Monday.

Pedro had curled in the opener with 24 minutes on the clock, collecting Cesc Fabregas' pass and finishing with aplomb.

Eden Hazard doubled the lead early in the second half by converting a spot kick he had won by drawing a foul from Simon Francis, in the process scoring his 50th Chelsea goal.

Spain international Pedro, 29, wrapped up the victory by scoring the third and final goal in stoppage time.

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Although Antonio Conte will be without Pedro for Stoke's visit to West London, he will have Diego Costa and N'Golo Kante available with both having served their one-match bans on Boxing Day.

Chelsea extended their winning run in the Premier League to a club-record 12 games with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.