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Blues captain John Terry will miss tomorrow’s game against Arsenal after he failed to recover from an ankle injury according to manager Antonio Conte in today’s press conference.

“John didn’t recover from his injury. He’s working, working, but he didn’t recover for the game against Arsenal.”

“I don’t know (when he will be back). In this case it’s important what the player feels, the pain he feels.”

The 35-year-old, who played in Chelsea’s opening four league games this season damaged his ankle ligaments during a 2-2 draw at Swansea City earlier this month. It was initially first thought he was only going to be out for 10 days.

Gary Cahill and David Luiz, who both played in the last two games look certain to start at the Emirates with the injured Kurt Zouma still absence for a couple more weeks.

Chelsea have kept just the one clean sheet this season, but Conte insists it’s a problem he inherited from last season’s team under Mourinho.

He said:

I think when we conceded goals, all the team conceded. Not just the defenders. That means we must improve together to improve the defensive situation.

The problem was already there last season. Chelsea conceded 53 goals last season. We must work a lot on this aspect. If you want to have a great championship, sure, you can’t concede that many goals.

Conte also gave an injury update on Kurt Zouma. The centre-back who’s been out for the past 7 months following a horrific knee injury against Man Utd.

For Zouma, I hope to see him in the training sessions next week. He’s in good shape. Possibly because of the internationals [he will be back afterwards]. We will wait one more week.

[The international break for Zouma is] good, yes.

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