Morata ruled out of Chelsea's trip to Crystal Palace

Chelsea already look to be out of the title race with their lack of squad depth startling

Chelsea already look to be out of the title race with their lack of squad depth startling

"The fans will be pleased to see him back on the field but I would urge people to give him the benefit of the doubt in his first few games he comes back into as he has been out for over six weeks".

"Kante is going to do another scan next week to check if his situation is improving". For sure it is a muscular problem, a hamstring problem.

"Wilfried has trained for two weeks over the worldwide break so therefore there is no reason why I shouldn't consider him for the game against Chelsea", Hodgson told club website.

"Drinkwater is progressing well, but he will take time to recover". This is a big loss for us.

Conte insists with seven games ahead in a short period, he has just Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas for his two midfield slots, meaning he may have to at times play defenders or youngsters in the role. We don't have another player with the same characteristics. We must have patience with him, with his calf problem. Maybe this scan will be better than the one before.

Crystal Palace's shock victory over the Blues reaffirmed how far behind Chelsea really are
Crystal Palace's shock victory over the Blues reaffirmed how far behind Chelsea really are

"For sure we are not lucky in this period because of all our midfielder we only have Bakayoko and Fabregas available".

"In Kante's situation you have to have another scan to understand the situation very well", Conte said.

"If I can, I prefer not to change a lot". We have to approach seven games in one month and need to find a different solution by adapting defenders into midfielders or by giving opportunities to young players like Scott or Ampadu to play from the start.

David Luiz could be also an alternative midfield option having already been deployed in the position against Tottenham earlier in the season.

"When I chose to utilise him in midfield against Tottenham we played with three central midfielders". I don't want to change a lot, but if there is the necessity I am ready to do this.

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