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. We must have patience with him and with this calf problem.
"He is a big loss for us because we know very well the importance of Kante to our team and we don't have another player with his characteristics".
"In midfield we only have Bakayoko and Fabregas available".
Spain striker Morata has been battling to make a swift recovery from a hamstring injury during the worldwide break after limping out of Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Manchester City, while Kante picked up his problem on France duty last week.
"In this area of the field we have only Bakayoko and Fabregas".
"For sure we're not lucky in this period".
The champions, fourth in the table on 13 points after seven games, have league matches against Watford and Bournemouth, as well as a Champions League double-header with Roma and a League Cup clash with Everton this month.
Kyle Scott could also be called upon. "I won't move David Luiz from defence, he is one of the best defenders in the world and I want change his position", the Italian said (as quoted by Il Corriere dello Sport).
"If I can, I prefer not to change a lot". "When I made a decision to use him in the midfielder against Tottenham, it could be an option if I play with three midfielders". It could be an option if I decide to play with three central midfielders.
Alvaro Morata is ruled out for the trip to Palace after suffering a hamstring injury during the defeat to Manchester City just before the global break.
"Morata, I hope to have him back very soon".
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