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Morata ruled out of Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace

Morata ruled out of Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace

"As for Morata I hope I will recover him in time for the Roma clash".

'You know very well the importance of Kante in our team. We don't have another player with the same characteristics. "From the previous scan, maybe he will be out for around 20 or 21 days", Conte told reporters on Friday. You try to find a solution and you can lose in the defence.

"Drinkwater is progressing well but is not ready yet", the Italian added. We must have patience with him and with this calf problem.

Conte admitted Kante's absence is a big blow as Chelsea head into a busy period, especially as England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, signed from Leicester in August, is also injured at present.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea: The Blues have lost just one of their last eight league games against Palace at Selhurst Park and I don't see that run ending tomorrow.

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

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

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

"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 utilise him in midfield against Tottenham, could be an option if I decide to play three midfielders.

Academy graduates Kyle Scott and Ethan Ampadu are both being tipped for a place in the squad while David Luiz is available after suspension.

Morata didn't play for Spain over the last fortnight, but Conte hopes he will return to face Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.