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.”