Speaking ahead of WBA game at Premier League restart after the international break Antonio Conte immediately gave an injury update:
“Bathsuayi has a problem in his ankle, Musonda has a problem in his knee, Moses will be back next week.”
Asked if David Luiz is in this game squad after being left out in the clash against Manchester United, the Italian boss replied:
“Yes, he is in the squad, it was my decision to leave him out a couple of weeks ago,” Conte revealed.
He added: “I think the most important thing is to prepare the next game and to pay great attention, not to speak about a single player.”
Chelsea won the title at The Hawthorns last May, so to go back there must be a special feeling for Conte and his guys:
“It was a fantastic moment for me, for the players, for the club, for the fans.
“We won the league and it was great, I remember that moment very well and I am proud for what we did last season.
“Now we have to look at the present and this will be a really tough game because also last year WBA played a great game, two great games, because they were strong at Stamford Bridge as well. We want to try to continue to win.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are doing very well while on loan at Crystal Palace and Swansea, Conte was asked if it was the right decision to send them on loan instead of including them in this season first team squad:
“I think we are talking about two young players, they will be the future of Chelsea, it’s right for them to play regularly. I read RLC’s interview: this experience is important for him, for his development, for his maturity. It’s the same path that Christensen followed when he was loaned two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.”
About Danny Drinkwater‘s fitness he said:
“Against Manchester United he suffered a knock in his calf, he started to work with us only this week, he was intelligent to stop.
“I think this is not a great moment for Italy, for my country, to miss the World Cup after 56 years it’s a half disaster for us, because you know how important football is for Italy. I hope the federation will work to improve the situation.”