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Chelsea are in injury crisis already as the Blues try to defend their Premier League title and fight in three other competitions as well.

Alvaro Morata just returned from a hamstring injury, while N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses are still out injured.

Conte has complained of his lack of options as David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayako had an injury scare against Roma last night to further compound Conte’s woes.

However, Pill Neville has told the Chelsea manager to look at the academy and some players who were sent out on loan to fill the void in the Chelsea team.

Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They [Chelsea youngsters] have to go out on loan because Conte’s coming out and saying they’ve only got 11 players.

“If you were the Under-23s manager or you were part of the squad that played in the Champions League, Youth League today, you’d be thinking: ‘I’ve got no future at this football club. If he’s saying they’ve only got 11 players, give me a chance!’

“That’s what [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Nathaniel] Chalobah and Lewis Baker and all these players that are playing for England youth teams and winning tournaments for Chelsea – FA Youth Cups. They’re saying: ‘Give us a chance’.

“They won’t. And, to be a fair, it’s a disgrace. They should close their academy, Chelsea.”

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