FA Cup: Conte confirms three major injury blows for Chelsea

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Willian, meanwhile, started at the Emirates but was forced off in the 30th minute with a hamstring injury and replaced by Ross Barkley.

Chelsea will be looking to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup when they take on Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

And he has told Antonio Conte his issues are normal for any Premier League manager.

According to the Italian, Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois and Willian are all unavailable for Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Newcastle.

"I don't know, it is very hard to tell you today how many days they need to come back".

Central defender Florian Lejeune in back in training after a foot problem, while full-back Jesus Gamez continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

'But I don't think we're talking about a serious injury'. "But if you want to accelerate this process he has to play, not only to have the training sessions, especially in this moment, after Willian and Morata injuries we don't have other options". "There was the summer, then after the summer nothing has changed".

"When I don't sleep I usually continue to work with the computer also because I don't want to create problems with my wife", he added. "I'm happy to work with my players, to work for this club".

"We started very well, played a good first half and in the second half I saw a lot of balance".

But questioned whether the England worldwide would be fit to start, Conte said: "After a bad injury, you need a bit of time to be 100% fit".

With questionable enquiries being rejected for West Ham's Andy Carroll and 37-year-old Peter Crouch, it seems that Antonio Conte has settled for Roma striker and Premier League champion Edin Dzeko to solve the current goalscoring dilemma.

The 22-time England worldwide came on for the injured Willian in the first-half but failed to inspire the Blues to victory, with Arsenal moving on to face Manchester City in the final in February.

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