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Conte hints that young midfielder could start against Palace

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Angelica Greene | 14 October, 2017, 00:26

Injuries mean that Chelsea are also without the likes of Danny Drinkwater, who joined in the summer from Leicester. But for sure it's a hamstring problem and this is a big loss for us. Kante is important for our team and we don't have another player with the same characteristics.

'We only have [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and [Cesc] 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.

Conte will call upon Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko when Chelsea visit Palace on Saturday [14 October].

"We have to find different solutions in this period, to adapt some defenders in midfield, or give opportunities to young players like (Kyle) Scott or (Ethan) Ampadu", he said. I hope to have [Morata] very soon, for the game against Roma.

"We were not lucky in this period above all in midfield".

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"We approach seven games and we will have to use other players in this area, defenders, young players".

"If I can, I prefer not to change a lot".

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

"When I made a decision to utilise him in midfield against Tottenham we played with three central midfielders".

Morata didn't play for Spain over the last fortnight, but Conte hopes he will return to face Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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