CHELSEA NEWS: INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND LINE-UP VS MANCHESTER UNITED
|Kante action against Man U|
The Blues are hoping to continue their recovery from a bad spell of form as they face the relegation threatened south coast side on Saturday.
Chelsea welcome Manchester United on Sunday as both sides look to keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Antonio Conte’s side stuttered once again on Tuesday, losing 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League. Man United are on the verge of qualification to the knockout stage, having won all their matches in the competition.
Jose Mourinho has a mixed record against his former employers at United, winning once and losing twice, and he will be joined by Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic in reuniting with the Blues.
N’Golo Kante is going to be assessed on Saturday ahead of the United game, but Antonio Conte remains hopeful that he will be fit enough to return after a week of training.
Conte wasn’t decisive when asked about Kante’s fitness in his press conference on Friday and may have been holding back to keep Jose Mourinho’s side guessing ahead of Sunday.
“He’s progressing well,” Conte said at a press conference at Cobham Training Ground. “He’s progressing well. We have also tomorrow, and then I’ll take the best decision for him and for the team.
“But, for sure, N’Golo is progressing well and I’m very happy for this. You know very well that we are talking about an important player.”
Chelsea will be without Victor Moses, who has been officially ruled out as he recovers from the hamstring strain suffered against Crystal Palace.
Danny Drinkwater is back in the squad to face his former club and he has made one start and two substitute appearances in the past two weeks, although he has yet to complete a full 90 minute match.
David Luiz is playing with a broken wrist but he also has been competing with bandages around his right knee. Chelsea have no other injuries but some players may be suffering from some tiredness after a busy month of fixtures in three competitions.