Ruled out for Crystal Palace match

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Chelsea will be without influential midfielder N'Golo Kante after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury that he picked up while away with the French squad.

The Spaniard limped out of Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to City at Stamford Bridge and subsequently missed the global break with Spain.

The Chelsea boss is hoping to have Morata back for the visit of Roma in the Champions League in midweek and is more concerned about his midfield.

Kante was forced off in the first half of France's World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last weekend and Conte expects him to be out for the rest of October.

Kante had been an ever-present in the top flight this season, but the former Leicester City man faces the possibility of missing at least three league games in the coming weeks.

"Drinkwater is progressing well, but he will take time to recover. We must have patience with him, with his calf problem", the Chelsea boss added when asked about the recovery of the England worldwide. "From the previous scan, maybe he will be out for around 20 or 21 days", Conte told reporters on Friday.

"It is a big loss for us".

"In midfield we only have Bakayoko and Fabregas available".

'You know very well the importance of Kante in our team.

"For this reason, we are going to do another scan after one week to understand the situation very well, and see if this scan is better than the scan before". We don't have another player with the same characteristics.

And Conte says Chelsea will be without the pair against Palace tomorrow, as well as summer signing Danny Drinkwater being absent. You try to find a solution and you can lose in the defence.

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