Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante got injured while on international duty with France, and his injury has left Chelsea short in midfield as Danny Drinkwater is also out injured.
With Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayako the only available central midfielders in the first team, Conte has revealed that he can throw in youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Kyle Scott.
He told the press this afternoon: “For sure we are not lucky in this period. In midfield now we only have Bakayoko and Fabregas available. We have seven games in one month and in this period we have to find different solutions, to adapt some defenders in midfield. Or give the opportunities to young players like Scott and Ampadu to play from the start.”
Speaking on the length of Kante’s injury, Conte has admitted that the 26-year-old could indeed be out until November but the club medics will have to conduct a second scan to confirm how long the midfield general will really be out.
“The previous scan was around 20-25 days, but in this situation you must pay great attention and we will have another scan after one week to understand the situation very well,” Conte said.
“If this scan is better than the one before. For sure it is a big loss. We have to have these seven games without Kante and for now Drinkwater. We have two midfielders, but youngsters like Ampadu and Scott. We have to hope no more injuries for these games.
“International break…I think that the injury can happen during the national break but also during the game in the league but for example Morata against Manchester City.
“Kante with the national team but it can happen this situation. You have to hope to have always your players in good physical condition but at the same time you must be prepared if there are injuries.”