Conte provides injury update on Moses and Morata ahead of Champions League game

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed wing-back Victor Moses will miss the Blues’ Champions League game against Roma on Wednesday.

Moses had to be taken off in the first half of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday with a suspected hamstring injury.

Conte brought on Davide Zappacosta as a replacement, and the Italian later confirmed Moses has joined the club’s growing injury list.

“I think, in this moment, for us it’s a very difficult moment,” Conte said.

“When you start a game without [Alvaro] Morata and without [N’Golo] Kante, it’s not simple.

“Above all if, during the game, another important player in your team has an injury too like Victor Moses. I hope to have him back very soon because this moment is very difficult for us.

“To lose three or four players, it’s a big problem for us. But, despite this, we have to find the will to fight.

“I think this season will be very difficult and, for this reason, we have to put 150% in.

“It’s not enough to put 100% in like last season. I think this season, me first, the staff and the players have to put in 150% because the season will be very difficult. We want to try and be competitive in all competitions, but it won’t be easy.

“For sure Moses is out because he’s injured. I don’t know if his injury is serious or not. I hope not.

“Kante and Drinkwater are still out, and I hope to have Morata back for this game.”

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea are now nine points behind current leaders Manchester City having already lost to City and Burnley before the Palace defeat.

Chelsea’s injury blues
Chelsea went into the international break two weeks ago knowing that it would be a tall ask to have striker Morata fit for the game following the Spaniard’s injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat to City.

The Blue’s injury woes were worsened when last season’ PFA Player of the Year, Kante, picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty.

Both players’ presence was sorely missed during the defeat at Selhurst Park as Morata’s replacement Michy Batshuayi struggled while Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend ran the show in Kante’s absence.

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