Chelsea will be without wing-back Victor Moses for around a month after the Nigerian injured his hamstring during the defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Moses becomes the third Chelsea player to suffer from a hamstring injury, following Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante’s injuries earlier this month. The injury to Moses will now give Davide Zappacosta an extended run in the Chelsea line-up, and the Italian is likely to start against AS Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Chelsea are set to battle Tottenham Hotspur over the signing of MK Dons defender Callum Brittain, according to recent reports. The 19-year-old has been highly impressive at Stadium mk since his first-team breakthrough last season, and now has interested last season’s top two. Brittain was recently called up the England Under 20s side, and set up two goals in the Three Lions’ 5-1 win over Italy.
Chelsea will be aided in midweek for the visit of Roma, as Alvaro Morata has returned to first-team training following his injury. Morata came off in the defeat to Manchester City at the end of September, and missed Spain’s World Cup qualifiers as a result. The absence of Morata was evident on Saturday, as Chelsea were beaten by the Premier League’s bottom side, Crystal Palace.
Batshuayi to be Replaced
Recent reports have suggested that Antonio Conte is planning to replace Michy Batshuayi in January, and has a list of strikers already drawn up. Batshuayi failed to take his chance following Morata’s injury, as the Belgian looked off the pace against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Reports claim that Palace’s Christian Benteke is one of many targets being considered, as well as Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. Chelsea scouts are also set to take a look at Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye, as they host Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday.