Dominic Solanke completes a medical at Crystal Palace

Dominic Solanke

The 2018 World Cup victor now joins the Chelsea injury list, which also includes the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro as well as Callum Hudson-Odoi. We have to wait for [Monday].

"Fabregas' is a neck problem".

N'Golo Kante insists he is finally growing into his new role in Chelsea's midfield as the France star prepares for Wednesday's clash with Southampton.

Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz who fed the France World Cup victor to score from close range.

Willian struck a free-kick against the post, before Ross Barkley's hooked shot also also hit the woodwork.

"It was very hard at the end of the game but we were able to fight and get the win".

Chelsea would play three games in 10 days, meaning Sarri has no option but to interchange his regular first-team during the period.

Considering the fact that some of these players - Moses and Ampadu - haven't been playing since the start of the season, they are definitely match-rusty and would require much time on the field of play to return back to shape.

"We haven't had very good physical impact, so we are in trouble in the box". His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing. "I didn't like that we weren't able to kill the match before".

Kante has sometimes looked out of sorts in his different position this season, but he showed signs of getting to grips with it on Sunday, scoring the victor at Crystal Palace with a well-timed run and cool finish. It was the midfielder's third league goal of the season - the most he has ever managed in a single top-flight campaign. The Brazil worldwide produced a delightful pass to set Kante up for the match winning strike, and then he gave off a very composed performance at the back as the Blues picked up a valuable three points for a second victory in succession, after their win at Watford on Boxing Day.

"We played against a unsafe opponent".

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