Chelsea will go into a busy October schedule off the back of a couple of injuries that could really hurt them over the next couple of weeks.
The Blues take on Crystal Palace on Saturday before taking on Roma in the Champions League the following Wednesday and hosting Watford the next weekend.
It is a tough period for Antonio Conte’s side as they go into a lot of fixtures before the next international break the weekend of November 12.
But who is sidelined and when could they be back?
Injury type: Hamstring
Out since: October 7
Back: Hopeful Roma – October 18, more realistic Watford – October 21
What Deschamps said: “No I can’t count on him [Kante] for the next game. When you go out with a muscular issue, it’s something behind his thigh.
“N’Golo had a crucial part to play, obviously. After N’Golo’s injury, Adrien Rabiot came on in the same role, maybe not with the same quality as N’Golo.”
Summary: The midfielder has been one of the stars for Chelsea in the last two seasons, but he hobbled off in the first half against Bulgaria on Saturday with a hamstring issue.
Kante looks like he is going to miss the Crystal Palace game at the weekend and Conte is trying to get him back into the Champions League side against Roma on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Injury type: Hamstring
Out since: September 30
Back: Hopeful Roma – October 18, more realistic Bournemouth – October 28
What Conte said: “It’s a muscular problem. I don’t think it’s serious. He said to me, I prefer to stop myself otherwise I risk having a bad injury.
“The doctor will check the situation.”
Summary: This comes as a real blow to the Blues as Morata has hit the ground running since making the summer move to Stamford Bridge. He has already netted six Premier League goals and one in the Champions League and was looking like a decent Diego Costa replacement.
However, he has picked up a Grade II hamstring injury that could see him sidelined for four weeks, although Chelsea are hoping it might be sooner.
Injury type: Calf
Out since: September 15
Back: Hopeful Crystal Palace – October 14
What Conte said: (September 15) “He had a muscular problem in his calf. I think it’s very difficult to see him before the international break. He needs time to recover.
“It’s a pity because he was starting to work and to improve his physical condition. Now we have to move all these situations. And in two, three weeks, four weeks, I don’t know.”
Summary: It has been a miserable start to life at Chelsea for Drinkwater, having been on the bench on his return to Leicester and then picking up his calf injury in training.
Conte was hopeful that the midfielder will be back after the international break and will be an important player for the Italian so that he can rotate his squad.
Injury type: Knee
Out since: January 2017
Back: January 2018
Summary: The left back had been on loan at Schalke last season and had an impressive first half of the campaign, but then had a shocking injury that ruled him out for the rest of the year.
Rahman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which required surgery, while at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana and he has been recovering from that ever since.
There was some hope that he would be in the Chelsea squad for the season, being named on the website, however he has not been given a number and it is likely that he will be loaned out once again.