'I hope to have him back very soon because this moment is very hard for us, ' Conte said.
"Kante has a muscular problem and he is going to remain out of action for 20 days at least". It's a big loss for us because you know the importance of Kante in our team.
'This season, me first, the staff and the players have to put in 150 per cent because the season will be very hard.
"We have to find different solutions and adapt some defenders into midfield or give young players opportunities, like [Ethan] Ampadu or [Kyle] Scott".
Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is facing almost a month on the sidelines with a muscular injury he picked up during the global break, his manager Antonio Conte said ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace. "As for Morata I hope I will recover him in time for the Roma clash".
"Danny Drinkwater is progressing well and we must have patience with him". "We must have patience with him, with his calf problem", the Chelsea boss added when asked about the recovery of the England global.
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"We are not lucky in this period".
The 26-year-old is a vital part of Conte's 3-5-2 system being deployed in the central midfield role alongside either Fabregas or Bakayoko but will surely be a massive miss for the Blues.
"We have to go game by game and this season will be very hard in all aspects", Conte said.
"But I'll enjoy a glass tonight because I enjoyed watching my boys play well and I'm proud of their performance". However, the Chelsea boss suggested that he would prefer to keep the Brazilian in the defence to ensure Kante's exit does not disrupt the team.
Antonio Conte is likely to stick with his title-winning combination at the back with Thibaut Courtois taking up the goalkeeping duties whilst Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahil will feature at the heart of the backline.
"When I made a decision to use him in the midfielder against Tottenham, it could be an option if I play with three midfielders. That could be an option if I play with three central midfielders but I don't want to change a lot".
Chelsea have now lost three of their first eight league games and fallen nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
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