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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte revealed three players are not in contention for next Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle:

“Morata, Willian, Courtois are out,” the Italian said.”

When questioned on their recovery time, he claimed:

“I don’t know because it’s very difficult to tell today how many days they need to come back.

Morata has got this problem in his back, Courtois received a kick in his ankle, Fabregas trained today with us and tomorrow I will check his form.

Willian is out and he will have a scan today to value the extent of his injury.”

During this afternoon pre-match press conference Conte was also questioned about this winter transfer window, that is about to close but, again, he told he has nothing to do with signings, giving all the responsibility to the club:

“As you know very well the club will inform you if there are any news, as I repeated before and I say every three days, I will be very happy to continue to work with my players, to continue to work with some players, my opinion and my mind doesn’t change after only three days.

“I am repeating always the same thing, I am the coach, my task is to try to do the best for this club and to try to improve my players.”

As I said before, for the transfer market there is the club, I don’t speak about this, if there are news they will inform you

When asked if he will be at Chelsea next summer, Conte replied:

Nothing has changed since last summer, I am happy to for with my players and to work for this club, I am happy to try to put everything, all myself, for this job every day.

“I think every competition is important, in Carabao Cup we tried to go until the final, we reached the semifinal and then we lost against Arsenal. Now there is this other competition, FA Cup, we will try to go to next round but as you know very well this competition is very difficult and our opponent have the same idea.”

Conte was also asked about what changed respect to last season with games played every three days in this one:

“I think the players are happy because they want to play every game and this kind of situation is more difficult for the coach, not for the players, because they love to play and don’t have training sessions.”

Ross Barkley made his debut with Chelsea shirt against Arsenal last Wednesday and the manager revealed he is ready to start:

“After a bad injury you need a little time to be fit 100%, if you want to speed this process up he has to play, not only training during the week, after Willian and Morata’s injury, we don’t have other options.”




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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is clearly disappointed after tonight’s defeat vs Arsenal, but he believes there were factors other than the Blues performance which determined this bad result.

There is big disappointment. When you arrive at this point you want to reach the final. Conte said. We had a good run, we had a great will to play at Wembley. We started well, scored, but conceded two strange goals. We were unlucky in circumstances”.

And one of these circumstances was Willian‘s injury:  “I think Willian’s injury was decisive. We don’t have many players to make substitutions. Morata was out. Conte went on. “I was a bit forced to play with Barkley. He’s a really good player and important or Chelsea but needs bit of time to get used to playing for Chelsea”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has to cope with the suspensions of Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez, with also Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill still sidelined due to minor injuries. Moreover, Thibaut Courtois suffered an ankle injury yesterday, while Drinkwater is out as well for the upcoming Premier League clash against Brighton Hove&Albion at AMEX Stadium.

Ross Barkley was included in the provisional squad which travelled to Brighton yesterday. Conte also selected youngsters Ampadu and Sterling alongside with David Luiz, Zappacosta, Eduardo, and Musonda Jr.

And FA Cup hero Willy Caballero is set to make his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea.

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Speaking at a press conference after the Leicester game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also provided an injury update on captain Gary Cahill, who limped off the pitch in the first half with a suspect of hamstring injury: “Cahill has a muscular problem, but not a serious problem” Conte said.

“I don’t know how much time he needs to recover but the doctor told me that not serious”.

Andreas Christensen was the centre-back who replaced Cahill following his injury, playing alongside Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta in the defensive third.

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Another disappointing game for Chelsea, another goalless draw, the fourth one in a row if we consider the FA Cup and the League Cup, where the Blues obtained two 0-0 against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Stamford Bridge boos its disappointment after the final whistle after witnessing another deplorable performance and thanks Thibaut Courtois for keeping a clean sheet against a team that, especially in the first half, played for the three points and had more chances: his save on Ndidi in the first part was unbelievable.

Antonio Conte even tried a desperate move when, with no substitutions left after Gary Cahill was forced out with a hamstring injury at 33′, when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both irritating and lacking of pace in this game, with Willian and Pedro trying to give a boost to the team.

Chelsea also had the advantage to play 11 vs 10 for more than 20 minutes after Ben Chilwell was sent out for double booking at 68′ but  hey didn’t use it.

The only real dangerous chance of their game in the last seconds of injury time, when Marcos Alonso tried the match-point on a free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

A very nervous Alvaro Morata failed to impress again, seeming to have lost his feeling with the goal.

With this draw the Blues maintain third position in the league with 47 points but should Liverpool win against Manchester City – still leading with 62 points- they will catch them.

Manchester United, now second with the Blues same points, will play against Stoke City on Monday night.

Chelsea will have their chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans in FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on next Wednesday night.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill trudged off the pitch with a suspect of hamstring injury in the first half of Premier League clash against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge today.

The result is still 0-0 after 45′ as the Blues struggled to cope with a vivid and determined side. Leicester shot 12 times providing an excellent display so far, while Cahill was replaced by Andreas Christensen.

Still goalless draw in the 50th minute, more to follow…

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Chelsea striker Izzy Brown, on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion in this campaign, is out for season after a knee ligament injury occurred in the FA Cup clash against Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old is now expected to return to his parent club where he will undergo surgery, before a programme of rehabilitation.

Brown commented on his Instagram profile:

“Not the news I wanted to hear,” he wrote on his post.

“I will come back fitter and stronger and hopefully be ready for the new season.

“Thank you to everyone at Brighton for the love and support they showed towards me, the fans, the staff, & all the players. I’ve met some amazing people here & these memories will be with me forever.”

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David Luiz is ready to be back in Chelsea starting XI in tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Norwich, Antonio Conte revealed it during today’s press conference:

David Luiz is ready and will be in contention for tomorrow’s game,” the Italian coach claimed.

Conte also revealed that he’s got just one issue for the upcoming FA Cup match against the Canaries:

“The only problem we have is Eden Hazard. He had a kick in his calf and we have to solve this problem.”

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Tomorrow night Chelsea will face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and ahead of this key Premier League game, the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger listed all his players who will not play or are likely to be ruled out of the game because of injury problems.

At the moment our injury list is quite long because we lost Kolašinac, we lost Koscielny and had already Monreal, Giroud, Ramsey and Ozil out,” – said Wenger – “The two who have a little chance are Ozil and Koscielny, but yesterday the medical department were pessimistic on Koscielny. Kolašinac is out for at least two weeks. Koscielny is 30% available, 70% not.”



Willian's goal in the first half is enough for Chelsea to gain their first three points in Europa League group stage. The Brazilian scored thanks to an assist provided by Ross Barkley....