Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Crystal Palace's Zaha in contention for Chelsea game

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Kante is set for three weeks out with the hamstring problem he suffered while playing for France during the worldwide break, but there is encouraging news on Morata, who could recover from his own hamstring injury in time to face Roma in midweek.

The former Leicester City midfielder was forced off during France's 1-0 victory over Bulgaria on Saturday [7 October] after suffering a hamstring injury.

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

"[From] the previous scan maybe [Kante will be out for] around 20, 25 days, but in this situation you must pay great attention".

And Conte says Chelsea will be without the pair against Palace tomorrow, as well as summer signing Danny Drinkwater being absent.

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"We are going to do a scan next week to check Kante's situation, if he's improving". But for sure it's a hamstring problem and this is a big loss for us. We don't have another player with the same characteristics.

Michy Batshuayi could replace Morata in the starting XI, or manager Antonio Conte could use Eden Hazard, Pedro or even Cesc Fabregas as a false 9.

"We may have to adapt some defenders into midfielders". "We have only Bakayoko and Fabregas available", Conte pointed out. For me he is one of the best central defenders. If I can I prefer don't change a lot, also because you [could] try and find a solution and you lose something with the defence. When I made a decision to utilise him in midfield against Tottenham, could be an option if I decide to play three midfielders.

Conte was able to deliver a more promising bulletin on Alvaro Morata, who missed global duty with Spain due to a hamstring injury sustained against Manchester City on September 30, but is expected to return on Wednesday. "As for Morata I hope I will recover him in time for the Roma clash".

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