Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has confirmed the Blues may be missing striker Michy Batshuayi and winger Kenedy when they play host to Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Magpies travel to Stamford Bridge looking to pick up their first win in six games, having gone five games on the bounce without picking up three points.
They ended a four match losing streak with a draw against West Brom in midweek, Rafael Benitez’s men having to come from 2-0 down to snatch a point at the Hawthorns, with the result leaving them 12th in the table.
Chelsea meanwhile secured a narrow 1-0 win over Swansea in their last outing, meaning that they sit third heading into the weekend.
However they will like have to make do without Kenedy or Batshuayi, with their manager confirming that the attacking duo are major doubts after their respective injury layoffs, while also ruling out David Luiz and Charly Musonda.
Conte told the press, as quoted by football.london: “Batshuayi and Kenedy have just started to work with us and need time but it’s important to have them back with us. Luiz and Musonda out. ”
The Belgian striker has been on the fringes of the first team squad at Stamford Bridge due to the arrival of Alvaro Morata over the summer, but still has seven goals in 12 appearances across all competitions.
Brazilian winger Kenedy, who can operate as a left wing back, has not made a league appearance for the Blues this season, having been limited to just two League Cup appearances.
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