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Antonio Conte spoke ahead of the Crystal Palace away clash and claimed neither Alvaro Morata nor N’Golo Kante will be fit for the game after picking up hamstring injuries, as well as Danny Drinkwater, who has been recovering from a calf injury since the beginning of September:

“I hope to have Morata for the game with Roma next week,” Conte revealed.

“Drinkwater we have to wait, calf problems are not easy. With Kante we are going to do a scan next week to check his situation, his improving, he’s got an hamstring problem.

“It’s a big loss for us, you know very well how he is important for us, we don’t have another player with the same characteristics.

“We are not lucky in this period, we have only Bakyoko and Fabregas available, we have to find different solutions, we have to adapt some defenders as midfielders, or use Scott or Ampadu in the first team.

Kante will be out around 20 days, more or less, for this reason we have to do another scan after one week, to understand the situation very well, to see the improvement, he’s a big loss and it’s a big problem for us.

“For sure we have to approach these seven games without him, we have Fabregas and Bakayoko, then youngsters, we have to find a solution, it will be very difficult to play with Fabregas and Bakayoko for seven games in a row, of course we have to hope to have no more injuries in these games.

“I think an injury can happen during the international break but not only there, for example Morata picked up a injury with Man City, we have to hope they come back in good physical conditions.

“I guess now it’s important to be focused on the present, on the next game, to do our job in the best way to put all our best.”

About his future, Conte said:

“I think that in the last weeks I’ve read wrong things, in the interview I gave I just said that one day, in the future, I would like to go back to Italy.

“I know my position, I have two more years of contract with Chelsea, I like to work here, I like to work with my players, I like the great feeling I got with the fans. My family now stays here and my daughter is going to school here in Cobham, I want to clarify this.

“When a coach starts the work with the club for sure he hopes to stay for a long time and to build something important with the club. Our job is very difficult because everything can change in one day.”

Andrea Pirlo announced he will retire from his footballer career in the end of the year and speculations claimed he could end up working as Conte’s assistant:

“I know that Andrea decided to retire and finish his career in December with NYCFC, I think in this moment he doesn’t know his future and what he wants to do once he’s finished with his career,” the Italian manager stated.

On adapting David Luiz as a midfielder during Kante’s absence he said:

“We are speaking to adapt a player – David Luiz- that is very important as a central defender, because for me David is important as a central defender, if I can I prefer not to change a lot, because if you find a system, you can lose something, to play with three central midfielders could be an option, but I don’t want to change a lot, but if there is the necessity I am ready to do this and I am also ready to give chances to young players, like Ampadu or Scott.

Continuing to speak about next games, Conte said:

“We must be focused to work, we must be focused to do our jobs, the players and I, I think this must be the most important thing for us. Some issues are not important, now it’s important to look at the next game.

Bathsuayi started against Burnley, Qarabag, so he has no problem to start other games.”

Speaking about Kenedy, who last summer ended the Asian tour in advance for some controversial posts on the social media, he said:

“I think his mind must be focused on the pitch, not on social media, I think my task is to help him to find the right way, not the wrong way. I explained it to him, I am sure he understood, I think he has to continue to work like he’s doing, social media are not the most important thing in his career. he’s a very talented player, I see him very well, he’s got a good prospect to become an important player for Chelsea, he has to continue this way, I am sure his chance will come.”

Speaking about academy players to be insert in the first team, Conte said:

“We tried to do this last season, don’t forget that a lot of players from the academy players played in different games, they will play a lot in Carabao Cup, I think they will have the opportunity to play for Chelsea.”

And,finally, about Andreas Christensen and Charlie Musonda’s development:

“I think he can be a good example that, after two years on loan and after a good experience with Borussia Mönchengladbach, he’s becoming an important player with Chelsea. Charlie has to continue this way, we have only three number 10 and usually we play with two, he’s a talented player and I am sure he will have a good career, if his attention is more on the pitch and not on the social media.”

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Speaking about the available players for Stoke City away game Antonio Conte confirmed he is considering to start Eden Hazard after the Belgian completed his recovery from a broken ankle injury and, furthermore, that the only player that is not available for a calf injury is Danny Drinkwater, who will probably come back after the international break mid-October.

Of course, David Luiz cannot be selected for the Britannia Stadium clash, as he is suspended after receiving a straight red-card against Arsenal last weekend, while Tiemoué Bakayoko, who had a minor car accident yesterday, didn’t suffer any major consequence:

All players are available for tomorrow except Drinkwater. Bakayoko is fit, it was a minor accident, he is fit,” the Italian manager confirmed during today’s press conference.

Speaking about Eden Hazard, who started his first game with Chelsea after his broken ankle injury last Wednesday against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, Conte said:

“I am pleased for Eden because in the last game he played very well, he played with a good intensity, now his injury is overcome, now we have to play three games, there is the chance to try to pick him for these games.”

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater suffered a calf injury and won’t be back until mid-October, after international break

– Captain Gary Cahill is back after a 3-match-suspension

Eden Hazard can start his first game for Chelsea in this season

Provisional squad: Courtois, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter, Scott, Eduardo.

Arsenal 

Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out for this game.

Theo Walcott is a doubt after limping off against Koln in Europa League on Thursday night

– Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette rested against the German side but will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Mertesacker, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin, Nelson, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Wilshere, Coquelin, Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.

 

Possible Line-Ups

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Morata, Pedro.

ARSENAL – Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette.

 

Little Stats

In the previous 191 matches Chelsea won 62, drew 54 , lost 75

 

Kick Off

1.30 pm BST

Venue

Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee

Michael Oliver

 

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Antonio Conte has confirmed this afternoon that Chelsea’s latest signing Danny Drinkwater won’t make his debut for the Premier League champions until the International break, following a calf injury suffered ahead of Champions League clash against Qarabag.

The England international joined Chelsea from Leicester City on a £35m move on Deadline Day, but he didn’t feature in the last Premier League game of the Blues against the Foxes.

Conte said“He had a muscular problem in his calf. I think it’s very difficult to see him before the international break. He needs time to recover.

“It’s a pity because he was starting to work and to improve his physical condition. Now we have to move all these situations. And in two, three weeks, four weeks, I don’t know.”

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Antonio Conte spoke ahead of his first Champions League game as manager of Chelsea, with the Blues set to face Qarabag.

“We have all the players available except for Drinkwater. – the manage said – He had a muscular problem in his calf and we are waiting to check the problem, but it’s the only problem”.

“Eden Hazard is in the squad and working very well to find the best physical condition, he needs more time to be fully fit and we must avoid to take a stupid risk with him, but bow he’s available and will be on the bench”.

More on Hazard: “Eden played an amazing season last campaign, he’s a top player and we are looking forward to having him in our squad [in every game], he’s an important player for us but we have been forced to play without him through injury and we tried to win every game”.

Then Celsea’s head of communications Steve Atkins, when Conte was asked about the anti-Semitic chant in tribute of Alvaro Morata, added: “The language is unacceptable, anti-Semitic. We will take actions and we will be happy to support the police and criminal persecution if there’s evidence that ticket holders or members are found guilty of signing it or do in the future.We must be clear, it must stop”.

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

Eden Hazard is back after recovering from an ankle injury.

Antonio Conte has no injury concerns for the game at Leicester.

– Former Foxes midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who signed for Chelsea on transfer window deadline day just ten days ago, is fit to face his ex team at King Power Stadium.

– New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta, signed on deadline day as well, can make his official debut for the Blues today.

 

Leicester City

– Robert Huth (ankle) and Vicente Iborra (groin) are both back in training after injury but today’s match will come too soon for both players.

-Leicester could include new signing Aleksandar Dragovic in their squad. The 26-year-old defender joined the club on a season-long loan from Bayer Leverkusen on deadline day.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Silva, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

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“I think Danny is a really good player,”  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said speaking ahead of next clash against Leicester City at King Power Stadium

“Two years ago together with N’Golo they won the league, they played regularly and showed how strong they were”.

Danny Drinkwater joined Chelsea on Deadline Day from the Foxes, who failed to complete the signing of his replacement in midfield Adrien Silva.

Quizzed again on where the England international midfielder could play, Conte added: “Danny is a strong player who can help us. The midfield is very important. I need midfielders with particular characteristics which he has. Now he must find his best physical condition to be ready to help us”.

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Danny Drinkwater has trained with his new teammates at Cobham this week.

Antonio Conte wanted the England international to bolster his midfield, where the former Leicester City star rejoined N’Golo Kante.

Anyway Drinkwater, who has been out due to an injury recently, looked in great shape as he made his first appearance at the Chelsea training ground in London.

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Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta joined Chelsea on Deadline Day, adding quality to the squad bolstering the Blues’ midfield.

It has been announced that the England international will wear n°6 shirt, while the Italian right-back takes shirt n°21.

Chelsea paid a fee in the region of £25m for Zappacosta and around £35m to land Drinkwater, who completed his move from the East Midlands to west London late into the night.

“What a crazy day – Drinkwater wrote on Instagram – I can’t wait to get started.. bring on the new challenge”.

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After signing with Chelsea on deadline day, now Danny Drinkwater is focused on his new adventure with the Blues and he is particularly keen to renew his partnership with N’Golo Kante.

I played with N’Golo for a season and there was not really a game I didn’t enjoy playing next to him,” Drinkwater told Chelsea official website – “I am looking forward hopefully to carrying on where we left off. I think we hit it off from the first game and after that we did not really lose. He is a top lad, the most down-to-earth person you will meet. I can’t see him changing much and I am looking forward to meeting him again. I am just grateful the transfer is done. Leicester has been great for me but I am looking to carry on from the season before last when we won the Premier League there and I want to win more trophies, which Leicester have understood.”

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