Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante on track for early return'

Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante on track for early return'

He did not name names, but it was clear he was thinking of his former club Chelsea and Conte, his successor as boss, when he talked of other managers who "cry and cry and cry" about injuries.

"At the moment, I can say nothing about the starting XI", he told a news conference.

Crucially, Conte has allowed his relationship with Abramovich's principal advisor at Chelsea to deteriorate to the point where an accelerated divorce now appears the most probable outcome.

"I hope in this 24 hours to try to recover some players".

Conte will be without Victor Moses, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, but the gaffer also can not count on Danny Drinkwater and N'GoloKante, who will be back in the next few weeks.

Kante was expected to be on the sidelines until after the coming global break of November following an injury he sustained earlier this month while away with France.

Blues technical director Michael Emenalo, the man in charge of player recruitment, was called to a post-match meeting after Wednesday's 3-3 Champions League draw with Roma and did not arrive home until almost 3am on Thursday.

The 48-year-old told reporters: "I hope to have Kante back before the global break, he is progressing well - the scan was better than before". "The [second] scan was better than before". N'Golo has started to work, not with the group, but to get himself fit.

Chelsea were given an early warning when Diego Perotti slalomed past three Chelsea players in the first half, only to blaze wastefully wide.

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He added: "I'm not happy changing the role of my players".

With Manchester City sweeping all before them with their intoxicating brand of high-tempo possession-based football, Chelsea know that they can not afford to fall too far behind, even at this early stage of the season. "It's very important for him to progress well and improve his physical condition", he said.

"I think we are paying less attention in every detail". If I try to put him on the pitch without good fitness, I risk another injury.

"It is true we are not in our best moment". He is frustrated because he wants to play.

The Blues have not won in the last three matches in all competitions, unexpectedly losing 2-1 at Crystal Palace last weekend and drawing 3-3 at home to Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Having failed to win their last three matches, Chelsea are in middle of their biggest winless streak under Antonio Conte's management.

The Blues were given a scare against AS Roma in the 3-3 Champions League draw during the week and will be urged to make a strong response as they shift their focus back to domestic campaign. Marco Silva's side is the most pleasant surprise so far in the season as they suffered just one defeat in eight rounds, and if they continue playing at this level, the Hornets could hope for the European football next term.

"I don't want my players to give up, and that is impossible when the result is open".

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