Tiemoue Bakayoko has sent Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans a message on social media about his condition as new reports suggest that N’Golo Kante could be ruled out until November with a muscle tear.
He underwent a scan to ascertain the full extent of injury after being taken off 34 minutes into France’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria.
It is likely that the Blues will follow up on this assessment with tests of their own once the 26-year-old has returned to the club’s Cobham training base ahead of facing Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Bakayoko was signed from Monaco in the summer to add more quality to Conte’s midfield options as Nemanja Matic left for Manchester United.
Last season he won the French title and reached the last four of the Champions League with his former club.
Not just a destroyer, the 23-year-old is also skilled at driving forward in possession and disrupting the opposition’s game high up the pitch.
With Kante potentially ruled out for one or both of Chelsea’s Champions League group games against Roma, at home and away, the Frenchman will be required to step up and fill the gap left by his countryman.
Conte has previously paired the two midfielders together alongside Cesc Fabregas, especially in games against title rivals and European heavyweights Atletico Madrid.
In a post he uploaded to a recent Instagram Story, Bakayoko showed off the results of his work in the gym.
Fans of the Blues will be cheered by the news that he is feeling and looking strong ahead of his biggest test for the club so far – replacing the irreplaceable Kante for Conte in midfield.
But is it going to be enough to replace N’golo Kante in midfield. It should be easy on paper, since its Crystal Palace we are playing.