Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview: Can either bounce back from tough defeats?

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Preview: Can either bounce back from tough defeats?

'N'Golo is fine, ' confirmed Conte.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Palace's trip to Chelsea on Saturday, he said: "Wilf's had a ball at his feet for a while, training solo with the rehab people and the physios. He's in good form, yeah he's fine". After the training session he passed out briefly in the dressing room.

"The doctor brought him to have many check-ups, to understand his physical condition". Tiemoue Bakayoko could return from his calf problem, but he'll have to pass a late fitness test. David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Ross Barkley are all expected to miss out, but the latter may be back sooner than his counterparts.

Kante's availability will come as a huge relief to Conte, whose position continues to be questioned after four defeats in five league games have left his side fifth, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

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The Selhurst Park outfit have lost their last three engagements, including their 2-3 defeat to Manchester United last time out despite taking an early two-goal lead in the tie.

'I think that on Sunday he was well but at the same time it was right not to take risks, give him the opportunity to not pay and to rest. "He's okay and every check-up is okay, is flawless".

"This season we are also paying a bit for a lack of experience in many of our players, but Baka has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea, I hope in the present but for sure in the future". We need three points and we know very well that we are playing against a good team with talented players. "The player and I must have patience".

Palace have lost three league games in a row since the draw with Newcastle, a poor run that has further highlighted their dependence on Ivory Coast worldwide Zaha to provide the creative spark and energy to their attack. "Our confidence is normal, we are working very well like always".

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