N’Golo Kante return date set by Antonio Conte

N’Golo Kante is a major doubt to be fit for Chelsea’s clash with Manchester United next month after Antonio Conte revealed that the midfielder will take around 25 days to recover from his hamstring injury.

Kante picked up the injury whilst on international duty with France and is now undergoing weekly scans with Chelsea’s medical team.

Conte admits the 26-year-old’s absence will be a ‘big loss’ for the Premier League champions and predicts the midfielder will be in a race to be fit for the Premier League fixture against Jose Mourinho’s side at Stamford Bridge on November 5. ‘[Going by] the previous scan maybe….around 20 days…25 days,’ said Conte.

‘As you know very well in this situation, you must pay attention and do another scan after one week to understand the situation to see if the scan is better than before but for sure it’s a big loss.

‘Kante, we are going to do a scan next week to check his situation, if he is improving. But for sure it’s a hamstring problem and this is a big loss for us.

GAMES KANTE IS SET TO MISS

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (Oct 14)

Chelsea vs Roma (Oct 18)

Chelsea vs Watford (Oct 21)

Chelsea vs Everton (Oct 25)

Bournemouth vs Chelsea (Oct 28)

Roma vs Chelsea (Oct 31)

Chelsea vs Man Utd (Nov 5)

‘You know very well the importance of Kante in our team. We don’t have another player with the same characteristics. ‘We only have [Tiemoue] Bakayoko and [Cesc] Fabregas available.’

Wilfried Zaha returns from injury to face Chelsea

Crystal Palace can welcome back Wilfried Zaha for Saturday’s visit of Chelsea as they pursue their first points of the Premier League season.

The influential forward’s absence, since a knee injury suffered in the 3-0 home defeat by Huddersfield in their first fixture of 2017-18, has contributed to the fact Palace have lost all seven league games without scoring.

Manager Frank de Boer was sacked and succeeded by Roy Hodgson after the fourth defeat of that run, and the club’s only recognised striker, Christian Benteke, has also since suffered a knee injury.

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