The Chilean did finally return on Tuesday, however, and was pictured joking around with manager Arsene Wenger at the club's London Colney training ground.
The Community Shield is a curtain-raiser, but it does not always reveal an accurate picture. The game will go straight into a penalty shootout, but with a different format - an "ABBA" penalty format.
And, after transforming the Blues from a 10th-placed team to champions in his first year in charge, Conte anticipates potential for trouble this term.
Conte has already hinted at his displeasure over Nemanja Matic's departure to Manchester United and is adamant the champions still require strengthening.
"They have replaced Costa with Morata". Summer signing Antonio Rudiger is also out after his participation in the Confederations Cup with Germany. Kolasinac was impressive in the preseason games, and has settled in quick.
The game started fairly slowly with both sides struggling to create anything substantial in attack.
One of the most fascinating components of this contest will be the part played by Alexis Sanchez, who despite having less than a year to run on his contract is yet to sign a fresh deal and has made no indication that he will do so. He needs a bit of time but it's normal.
"I don't know if it was a sending off or not but at that moment we were dominating", he added.
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Just past year , Bellis had to decide between joining the Stanford University tennis team and joining the WTA tour. Eighth-seeded American teenager CiCi Bellis surprised two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-0.
"There are two players, Eden Hazard and Bakayoko".
For Arsenal, they are expected to play the changed "three at the back" formation. Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac will make their debuts but Francis Coquelin (ankle), Gabriel (knee) and Jack Wilshere (leg) are ruled out.
Arsenal will be without Sanchez, from the start at least, but otherwise their squad is in good shape so Wenger will be looking for another strong performance at Wembley.
Arsenal were 2-1 victors back in May, winning a record 13th FA Cup trophy.
Chelsea's tour of Asia lasted a few days longer than Arsenal's, with boss Antonio Conte admitting his players were exhausted by the end of their schedule in relentless humidity. So the Gunners will be high on confidence coming into this.
Favorite of the upcoming match for the Super Bowl is Chelsea, to win which bookmakers give 2.30, against 3.40 in favor of Arsenal.