Chelsea could be without N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Premier League champions are still chilling to learn the full extent of midfielder Kante’s hamstring injury, which he sustained while on international duty with France.
Even though Chelsea are optimistic Morata’s hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared, head coach Antonio Conte could choose to give the Spain striker and Kante additional rest ahead of next week’s Champions League clash at home to Roma.
Kante came off in the first half of France’s 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday and withdrew from Les Bleus’ squad to face Belarus on Tuesday night.
No further injury update is expected before Conte’s weekly prematch news conference, which is likely to take place on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Selhurst Park.
Conte will also reveal updates on Morata, who missed international duty with Spain after the hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City on Sept. 30.
Chelsea’s top scorer initially targeted Palace for his return, in posts on social media.
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