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Antonio Conte has admitted that he must plan for the next month without N’Golo Kanté after the midfielder sustained a hamstring injury while on international duty with France, meaning Chelsea may have to improvise in a key area during one of the season’s most hectic spells.
Chelsea must play seven games between this Saturday, when they face Crystal Palace, and their meeting with Manchester United on 5 November. They then adjourn for the next international break but the chances of Kanté returning before then appear slim, with Conte explaining that initial scans had projected an absence of around three weeks.