ANTONIO CONTE hopes Victor Moses’ injury blow is not serious as he is a key member of Chelsea’s squad, according to Daily Star.
The Premier League champions slumped a shock loss away to Crystal Palace on Saturday, going down 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
Crocked Blues duo Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante missed the clash in South London and Conte’s injury issues were compounded following Moses’ suffering an apparent hamstring problem.
Moses limped off after 40 minutes and Conte is eager for some good news regarding his wing-back.
The Chelsea chief said, “I hope this injury is not serious. You know very well the importance of this player in our system.”
Conte added, “For us it’s a very difficult moment because we started the game without Morata and Kante, which isn’t simple.
“During the game another important player, Moses, had an injury, and I hope to have him back very soon.
“This moment is very difficult for us, to lose three or four playersais a big problem but despite this we have to find the will to fight.
“This season will be very difficult so we have to give 150 per cent, not just 100 per cent, like last season, because that’s not enough.
“We want to try to be competitive in all competitions but it won’t be easy.
“My job is to be focused on my work with my players and try to do our best. Now, for sure, it’s not an easy moment for us but I think it’s important to find a solution and not look for excuses.”
Chelsea take on Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting Watford in the league next weekend.
On facing Roma, Conte said, “For sure Moses is out because of his injury. I don’t know if it’s serious, I hope not.
“(Danny) Drinkwater is still out. I hope to have Morata back for the game.”
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