Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte delivers injury updates ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte delivers injury updates ahead of Crystal Palace clash

N'Golo Kante is a major doubt to be fit for Chelsea's clash with Manchester United next month after Antonio Conte revealed that the midfielder will take around 25 days to recover from his hamstring injury.

Kante limped off in the first half of France's 1-0 win over Bulgaria last Saturday and is not expected to return until mid-November, while Danny Drinkwater is still afflicted by the calf problem that has prevented him from making his Blues debut.

That would include two Champions League dates with Roma, Premier League matches against Watford and Bournemouth and a League Cup tie against Everton.

"Kante is going to do another scan next week to check if his situation is improving".

"For sure it's a problem and a big loss for us because we know very well the importance of Kante to our team and we don't have another player with the same characteristic".

"We were not lucky in this period above all in midfield".

"In this area of the field we have only Bakayoko and Fabregas".

"For this reason I think in this period we have to find different solutions, to adapt some defenders in midfield or to give opportunities to some young players like Scott and Ampadu to play from the start. I won't move David Luiz from defence, he is one of the best defenders in the world and I want change his position", the Italian said (as quoted by Il Corriere dello Sport). In addition to that, the both teams not to score is also a good betting option since I don't see where the goals will be coming from for Crystal Palace.

"When I made a decision to utilise him in midfield against Tottenham we played with three central midfielders". However, Conte provided positive news regarding the Spaniard, with the former Real Madrid star could be back in time to face Roma on Wednesday (18 October).

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