The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have found the last week very tough indeed…
The Blues weren’t able to quickly bounce back from defeat against Man City due to the international break, and so that loss has been going round and round the minds of those in the pub.
To make matters worse, they’ve had uncertainty surrounding the fitness of Alvaro Morata, who suffered an injury against the Citizens, leaving fans sweating on whether he will be able to feature against Watford.
Unfortunately for the Blues, though, more bad news has come over the weekend, with N’Golo Kante also suffering an injury – meaning that arguably two of Chelsea’s most important players may not be fit to face Crystal Palace this weekend.
Fortunately, though, as per Matt Law of the Telegraph, the Blues do have something to smile about ahead of the game. Confirming that both Morata and Kante remain uncertain for the game, Law has added that Danny Drinkwater – who is yet to play for the Blues following a summer move – is edging back to fitness and could be available.
This is massive for Chelsea, particularly given the injury to Kante, as Drinkwater is arguably Chelsea’s best like-for-like replacement for the Frenchman.
Drinkwater has been injured since moving to Stamford Bridge, but he proved during his time with Leicester City that he is good enough to play at the highest level, and Conte will have no doubts about his quality if he does call on him.
It seems unlikely that Drinkwater will start the game, given that he is unlikely to be 100% quite yet, but he could be a decent option for Chelsea.
Fortunately, if Kante isn’t available, Palace have been pretty poor over the last few weeks with regards to their attack, and so Chelsea shouldn’t struggle too much at the back.
Still, Drinkwater’s return is a boost and if he is available and Chelsea need him, he’ll no doubt do a job.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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