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 former Leicester City midfielder was forced off during France's 1-0 victory over Bulgaria on Saturday [7 October] after suffering a hamstring injury. The game is perfectly poised for the Eagles to bag their first points of the Premier League season against the reigning champions, as is the nature of this nonsensical league. "From the previous scan, maybe he will be out for around 20 or 21 days", Conte told reporters on Friday.
'As you know very well in this situation, you must pay attention and do another scan after one week to understand the situation to see if the scan is better than before but for sure it's a big loss.
"Kante is going to have a scan next week to check if his hamstring problem is improving.
If I can, I prefer to not change a lot as you find a solution and you lose something with the defence", Conte said. We don't have another player with the same characteristics.
'We only have [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and [Cesc] Fabregas available'.
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"David is one of the best central defenders".
"But I don't want to change a lot, but I also want to give an opportunity to young players like Ampadu and Scott". "When I chose to use him in the midfielder against Tottenham, it could be an option if I play with three midfielders".
Conte was able to deliver a more promising bulletin on Alvaro Morata, who missed worldwide duty with Spain due to a hamstring injury sustained against Manchester City on September 30, but is expected to return on Wednesday.
Morata didn't play for Spain over the last fortnight, but Conte hopes he will return to face Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
"I hope to have Morata back against Roma", Conte said at a press conference.