We had hoped that Chelsea would return from the break in full health and fitness and ready to tackle the next set of 7-in-21, but it looks like we're worse off now in that regard than at the start.
Chelsea star N'Golo Kante should be back for the crunch clash with Manchester United after being ruled out for six games with a hamstring injury, according to a report in the Express. He has been shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or.
Chelsea have already been dealt a big injury blow to their top goalscorer Alvaro Morata. But a hamstring strain, suffered in the defeat to Manchester City, was said to keep him sidelined for between four and eight weeks.
However, the good news is as long as Kante doesn't suffer any setbacks during his recovery, the French worldwide should be back in contention for the visit of Manchester United on November 5th.
Frenchman Kante picked up the knock playing for his national side against Bulgaria in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Saturday.
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Roma travel to London on Wednesday for the Group C tie, before Chelsea make the journey to Italy a fortnight later.
That includes home and away clashes against Roma in the UEFA Champions League (on October 18 and 31, respectively) as well as Premier League matches with Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth and a Carabao Cup fixture against Everton.
That showdown at Stamford Bridge could be pivotal in this seasons title race so it will be a huge boost for Chelsea if Kante does get himself fit when Jose Mourinho's United head for the capital next month.
Conte has been at odds with the Chelsea hierarchy over transfers on a number of occasions during his tenure in west London and has never seemed overly happy with the club's business.