Willian, Morata, Courtois Out Of Newcastle United Clash; Conte Expects "Difficult" Game

Ruben Hill
January 27, 2018

Conte told reporters, "Morata and Courtois are out. It's very hard to tell today, only that they need to come back", Conte said at his pre-match news conference. Morata has a problem in his back and Courtois took a kick in his ankle.

He added: 'Fabregas trained today with us and tomorrow I will check his physical condition.

Newcastle are missing Jesus Gamez (ankle), but Chancel Mbemba (knee), Florian Lejeune (foot) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) are all expected to recover from their injuries. Willian is out. He will have a scan to evaluate his injury, but I don't think it's a serious injury.

Antonio Conte says he will be happy whether or not Chelsea sign players in January and believes the club's transfer policy is "right".

"People are critical of him because he has missed a few chances but I just think he has lost a bit of confidence".

Asked if he is happy at Chelsea, Conte said: "This is something I don't want to discuss with you".

"Nothing has changed. There was the summer, then after the summer nothing has changed [in terms of his views on the running of the club]".

Kenedy will not be available for Newcastle as he is ineligible to play against Chelsea, having joined on loan from the Premier League champions this week.

The Italian manager also stated that Emirates FA Cup remains an important trophy for Chelsea to win this season after crashing out of the Carabao Cup to Arsenal.

"All strikers go through periods like he is - even the very best I played with, like Alan Shearer and Henrik Larsson, but their mental strength meant it never seemed to bother them when the goals dried up. There is also an opponent and the opponent has the same ambition".

Willian was withdrawn from the Blues' Carabao Cup defeat on Wednesday night to Arsenal, coming off with a hamstring injury in the first half. He (Musonda) can be selected on Sunday.

But questioned whether the England worldwide would be fit to start, Conte said: "After a bad injury, you need a bit of time to be 100% fit".

"If you want to accelerate this process, he (Barkley) has to play, not only have the training session".

"There is this window and in 31 days it's not simple to face this situation, especially because in every team there are players that feel they could change team".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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