Antonio Conte hopes to have key Chelsea star back to face Man United

Antonio Conte hints that he is hoping to have N'Golo Kante back available for Chelsea's clash with Man United

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Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante Photo: EA Sports

Antonio Conte has hinted that he is hoping to have N’Golo Kante back available for selection for Chelsea’s crunch Premier League clash with Manchester United on 5 November.

The midfielder is currently sidelined with a muscular injury picked up while on international duty with France earlier this month.

Kante is working on his recovery at Chelsea’s Cobham training base as he bids to return to action as soon as possible.

Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in their crunch Premier League showdown before the international break on 5 November.

And Conte has hinted that Kante could be back available for selection for that crunch clash in west London.

Speaking at a news conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon, Conte said: “I hope to have him back very soon, before the international break.

“He’s progressing well. The scan was better than before. N’Golo has started to work, not with the group, but towards good fitness.

“He could be an option. But honestly if Kante is available before Manchester United and the game against Roma, then I would be very happy.”

Chelsea are currently preparing to host Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after losing their last two games in the top flight against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

The west London side played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Conte’s side are currently nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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