Everton receive boost ahead of Chelsea clash

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Defender David Luiz and the left-sided Kenedy have been the subject of speculation suggesting they may leave Chelsea.

Conte also admitted he would like to strengthen his squad in January, but said that the transfer window can be a hard period with all the speculation it entails.

"In this period there are a lot of rumours". Some rumours are true, some are wrong.

"We have to play every three days and it's not right that these rumours disturb us". If they deserve it, I'm ready to play with very young players.

"Morata would have started against Everton so I must prepare a new plan for the game in training before the trip north".

Chelsea play at Goodison Park on Saturday in the third game between the sides this season, with Conte set to face a third different Everton manager.

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Waiting in the wings for the Blues were Arsenal, Manchester City and Bristol City, the latter defeated Premier League heavyweights Manchester United in late drama at Ashton Gate. Everton under the guidance of Sam Allardyce have been on a roll and have climbed up to the 9th place in the table.

"It's a big loss for us, but it happens and it's OK". It's not simple to concede a goal in the last minute of the game. They are in a good moment of form. It is a pity but we have to accept the decision and at the same time try in the future to pay great attention [to this].

"For sure Morata against Everton should play".

Will that run continue this weekend against Chelsea?

Chelsea attacked from the restart and Eden Hazard back-heeled into the path of fellow substitute Alvaro Morata, who tucked in to send the Blues through.