The South Korea global, who scored 21 goals last season, suffered a suspected broken arm during the 3-2 World Cup qualification defeat to Qatar.
The Italian has imposed himself as one of the best managers in the world and Chelsea executives did everything they could to persuade him to stay for one more year in England rejecting the chance to join Inter.
On the 16 of September, Chelsea will host Arsenal in a game which also promises lots of actions.
Away from the opening weekend, Liverpool vs. Manchester United is still arguably the Premier League's showpiece match.
"We have three mouth-watering games at home against Arsenal, United and Chelsea, which we will be right up for, and hopefully we will be able to make a real statement of intent in those matches".
Brighton, meanwhile, are back in English football's top division for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
"It will be nice, too, to come up against Chris Hughton and his Brighton side again this season".
To celebrate the release of the 2017/18 Premier League fixtures, we're looking back at the greatest games involving each club that has played in the competition.
After their trip to St James' Park, Tottenham will host champions Chelsea for their first home game at Wembley, being used while White Hart Lane undergoes redevelopment, on August 19.
North London derbies will occur on November 18th at the Emirates Stadium, with Wembley Stadium hosting the reverse fixture on February 10th- although both dates are likely to change due to TV coverage. However they face Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea in October and early November.