"Kante has a muscular problem and he is going to remain out of action for 20 days at least". We don't have another player with the same characteristics.
That would include two Champions League dates with Roma, Premier League matches against Watford and Bournemouth and a League Cup tie against Everton.
"Drinkwater is progressing well, but he will take time to recover". However, the duo Conte admits he will have to rotate, meaning 19-year-old Scott and 17-year-old Ampadu could be given a chance during Kante's absence.
"We may have to adapt some defenders into midfielders".
"It will be very hard play Fabregas and Bakayoko for seven games in a row and we must hope we don't get any more injuries during this time". However, the Chelsea boss suggested that he would prefer to keep the Brazilian in the defence to ensure Kante's exit does not disrupt the team. "For me David is one of the best central defenders".
"When I made a decision to utilise him in midfield against Tottenham we played with three central midfielders".
Academy graduates Kyle Scott and Ethan Ampadu are both being tipped for a place in the squad while David Luiz is available after suspension.
Adding to Conte's injury woes, Spain striker Alvaro Morata will miss the Palace match with a hamstring injury suffered against City. However, Conte provided positive news regarding the Spaniard, with the former Real Madrid star could be back in time to face Roma on Wednesday (18 October).
"The fans will be pleased to see him back on the field but I would urge people to give him the benefit of the doubt in his first few games he comes back into as he has been out for over six weeks".