Chelsea will be looking to do their best when they face Manchester United on Sunday. The fixture is a daunting one, and of vital importance should they wish to remain realistic contenders in retaining their Premier League crown. Trailing nine points to City, they already look doubtful for glory.
On Tuesday, a 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League provided more reason for Conte to worry, giving rise to concerns about the direction he was talking the club in. The Italian provided injury updates during his press conference before the encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Regarding the fitness of N’Golo Kanté, he had this to say: “He’s progressing well. We have also tomorrow, and then I’ll take the best decision for him and for the team.”
The ace midfielder has been training with the side for a week now, and was reportedly rested against Roma. He has been out of action since sustaining a hamstring injury in October during an outing with the French national team.
Conte went on to talk about not playing Kante on Tuesday, by adding: “If I wanted to risk him I could have. I waited and find myself a lot of patience to have the best for him. If he starts the game then he is ready to do this. For sure he is progressing well and I am pleased for this. We are talking about an important player.”
Further, the Blues will be without Victor Moses as well, due to an injury blow the wideman suffered during the match against Crystal Palace. The Nigerian has been definitely ruled out for up to three weeks.
In terms of returns, the reigning Champions will have Danny Drinkwater back in the squad, but the ex-Leicester City man will probably only make a cameo appearance.
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