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Conte hints that young midfielder could start against Palace

13 October 2017, 11:01 | Anna Jefferson

Manchester United MF Marouane Fellani left Belgium's match injured this weekend

Manchester United MF Marouane Fellani left Belgium's match injured this weekend

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is facing almost a month on the sidelines with a muscular injury he picked up during the worldwide break, his manager Antonio Conte said ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

The France global limped off clutching his hamstring during last week's 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Bulgaria.

Morata (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's match against Crystal Palace, but he may be able to return Wednesday to face Roma in the Champions League. "From the previous scan, maybe he will be out for around 20 or 21 days", Conte told reporters on Friday.

"For this reason, we are going to do another scan after one week to understand the situation very well, and see if this scan is better than the scan before". 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.

"In midfield we only have Bakayoko and Fabregas available".

"For sure we're not lucky in this period".

Injuries mean that Chelsea are also without the likes of Danny Drinkwater, who joined in the summer from Leicester. "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). It could be an option if I decide to play with three central midfielders.

"If I can, I prefer not to change a lot".

"When I made a decision to utilise him in midfield against Tottenham we played with three central midfielders".

Morata had a scan last week, with Spain's medical staff claiming that he had suffered a grade two hamstring injury.

"I hope to have him back very soon, I hope for the next game against Roma", the Chelsea boss confirmed.

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