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Chelsea team news: Kante remains on sidelines for Roma clash

21:34 GMT+3 31/10/2017
N'Golo Kante
The France midfielder will be given extra time to bounce back from a hamstring injury and was not included in the Blues' matchday squad

N'Golo Kante has not been risked by Chelsea for a vital Champions League group stage clash against Roma as he continues his recovery from injury. 

The holding midfielder has been unavailable since the start of October after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty with France

He was included in Antonio Conte's travelling squad for the Roma game, and had been reported as a possible inclusion. 

But ultimately Conte, perhaps with the weekend's title six-pointer with Manchester United in mind, opted against fielding Kante, who does not even get a place on the bench. 

The centre of the pitch will be occupied by Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, with Cesar Azipilicueta and Marcos Alonso operating out wide. 

Tuesday's match is a landmark for Fabregas, who makes his 100th Champions League appearance in the Stadio Olimpico.

Alvaro Morata, meanwhile, continues up front despite fielding criticism this week for his sub-par performances and comments that he was not enamoured with life in London.

Morata evens to score anytime

Roma: Becker; Florenzi, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti.

Substitutes: Skorupski, Pellegrini, Moreno, Under, Gonalons, Gerson, Manolas.

Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.

Substitutes: Caballero, Drinkwater, Kenedy, Zappacosta,Willian, Batshuayi, Christensen.