The Blues have had a busy schedule with an FA Cup tie against Norwich City and League Cup encounter against Arsenal, and Conte has struggled to juggle the commitments. He needs another step before having this chance to play with us.
First and foremost however we have to figure out how to break this three-match goal-scoring drought.
"Maybe in the first moment, a player could be angry". Christensen has played a big role for the London side since the Brazilian's injury and played the full 90 minutes in their previous league game against Arsenal. "But I think I saw a lot of players very exhausted", Conte said. I saw Eden (Hazard) was very exhausted so he came off.
"I'm the coach, I decide [who plays]", he said.
The injury to the captain is certain to have an impact on an already thin squad and with David Luiz out of favour, Conte could look to recall one of his defenders now out on loan, or sign a new one.
Conte has also been exasperated by Chelsea's recent trend of signing players who are injured, report The Times.
The Italian can make suggestions, but the final call on whether to pursue new players is made above the Chelsea manager. However, it appears the 24-year-old is close to making his debut for Chelsea.
Chelsea, as a team, have failed to score in any of their last three games in all competitions, drawing four consecutive games, and that's resulted in Conte seeking more options in attack.
Jamies Redknapp feels that Alvaro Morata's drop in form can be easily explained while Chelsea go looking for alternatives.