N'Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata unlikely to feature against Crystal Palace

Alvaro Morata scores for Chelsea versus Stoke in the Premier League

Alvaro Morata scores for Chelsea versus Stoke in the Premier League

Firstly, defensive midfield sensation N'Golo Kante is being targeted by French giants Paris St Germain, and, with a bid approaching £100 million lined up, they are likely to be successful with Kante liking the idea of a switch back to his home country and linking up with world record signing Neymar - though PSG will not make their audacious bid until next summer.

Whether it comes at Palace or against Roma remains to be seen.

Chelsea reportedly fear that midfielder N'Golo Kante could be missing from their next half-a-dozen fixtures with a hamstring injury. It was their second defeat of the season following the opening-day defeat to Burnley.

That includes home and away clashes against Roma in the UEFA Champions League (on October 18 and 31, respectively) as well as Premier League matches with Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth and a Carabao Cup fixture against Everton.

Kante was superb last season as Chelsea won the Premier League, and has been a steady performer so far this campaign.

The duo shield Chelsea's defence effectively and allows for the wing-back pair to break forward on a whim, safe in the knowledge that one of Kante or Bakayoko is covering the space they vacate when they look to stretch opponents. The hope now is to have him fit and available for the welcome of Manchester United next month, but that's a double-edged sword on its own. That alone would be a blow with the hectic festive period edging ever closer. The hope now is that Chelsea's midfield star can return earlier than reported, but the Blues must now face the prospect of facing the remainder of October without their star man and prepare accordingly.

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