Chelsea midffielder N'Golo Kante could miss seven games

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  • N'Golo Kante damaged his hamstring during France's victory against Bulgaria
  • A scan has shown that the midfielder could be out of action for up to 25 days
  • Antonio Conte admits the loss of Kante for up to seven games is a 'big problem'
  • Alvaro Morata could return against Roma and Danny Drinkwater is progressing 

By Joe Strange for MailOnline

Published: 08:58 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 09:15 EDT, 13 October 2017

Antonio Conte has admitted Chelsea have a 'big problem' after revealing N'Golo Kante could miss up to seven games with a hamstring injury.

The midfielder was forced off with the problem during France's World Cup qualifier with Bulgaria but remained with the squad for their final game against Belarus.

However, a scan has indicated that Kante will miss up to 25 days of action, which would rule him out of games against Roma, Everton and Manchester United.

N'Golo Kante is helped off the pitch by France's doctor after damaging his hamstring last week
N'Golo Kante is helped off the pitch by France's doctor after damaging his hamstring last week

N'Golo Kante is helped off the pitch by France's doctor after damaging his hamstring last week

Antonio Conte says Kante's injury is a 'big problem' ahead of the game with Crystal Palace
Antonio Conte says Kante's injury is a 'big problem' ahead of the game with Crystal Palace

Antonio Conte says Kante's injury is a 'big problem' ahead of the game with Crystal Palace

GAMES KANTE COULD MISS 

October 14 - Crystal Palace (A)

October 18 - Roma (H)

October 21 - Watford (H)

October 25 - Everton (H)

October 28 - Bournemouth (A)

October 31 - Roma (A)

November 5 - Manchester United (H) 

Asked about team news ahead of Saturday's visit to Crystal Palace, Conte said: 'Bad news. As you know very well we have three injured players. 

'[Alvaro] Morata - I hope to have him back very soon, I hope for the next game against Roma.

'[Danny] Drinkwater is progressing well but is not ready yet. We must have patience with him and his calf problem. 

'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. 

'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. 

Kante remained with the France squad but he could now miss up to seven games for Chelsea
Kante remained with the France squad but he could now miss up to seven games for Chelsea

Kante remained with the France squad but he could now miss up to seven games for Chelsea

Alvaro Morata, pictured celebrating against Stoke, could return from injury against Roma
Alvaro Morata, pictured celebrating against Stoke, could return from injury against Roma

Alvaro Morata, pictured celebrating against Stoke, could return from injury against Roma

'We have to approach seven games in one month so we have to find different solutions, adapt defenders to midfielders.'

Expanding on the results of Kante's initial scan, Conte added: 'Previous scan - maybe 20, 25 days (out injured). 

'As you know very well in this situation you must pay great attention. For this reason we are going to do another scan in one week. 

'Its a big loss and a big problem for us. We have to approach these seven games without Kante and Drinkwater. 

'We have Fabregas and Bakayoko but it will be very different to play with them for seven games in a row. We have to hope for no injuries in these games.' 

 

Jasper Ray
By Jasper Ray 13/10/2017 09:15:00