Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that both Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas will miss the EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Morata, who missed Saturday's 4-0 win over Brighton through suspension, is out with a back injury, while Fabregas has failed to recover from a hamstring strain he picked up last week.
"Morata and Fabregas are definitely out, they're not available for us". Then I have to check a couple of situations.More news: USA government shutdown ends: Republicans, Democrats to debate immigration issue
Conte does not think those absences will have any impact on the match, however, highlighting that Arsenal were also without Sanchez in previous meetings with Chelsea. The [first] game was different and in this case you have two games to reach the final.
'In the first leg, I think the game was different, ' Conte said. "I don't see any advantage about this situation".
"For me and the players it is an important target for me".
With Manchester City in charge of the Premier League title race, Conte says there is plenty of motivation for the London clubs in Wednesday night's clash.More news: JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) - Important Technical Indicators to Consider
"In my first season and a half I have the opportunity to win the league, reach an FA Cup final, and play the Community Shield".
"They like to bring many players in the box and find combinations".
"When you play against Arsenal for sure you must be prepared to suffer without the ball", said the Italian. "Arsenal will also want to go to the final".More news: Manchester City rekindle Aymeric Laporte interest