Antonio Conte has claimed that Danny Drinkwater is having an “unlucky” first campaign at Chelsea FC after his move from Leicester City last summer.
The England star has endured something of a depressing and frustrating start to his career at the west London side after having joined from the Foxes on deadline day last summer.

The Englishman has struggled for both form and fitness, and he has found his first-team chances to be seriously restricted in recent months.

Certainly, the 28-year-old has only started five Premier League matches for Chelsea FC so far this campaign and 12 matches in all tournaments.

Drinkwater has netted one goal for the West Londoners and will be hoping to stake his claim for a regular place in the first team in the closing stages of the term.

And Conte has opened up on Drinkwater’s struggles this campaign following his move to the club from Leicester City last summer.

Talking at a press conference at Cobham on Friday before Chelsea FC’s trip to Southampton in the Premier League, Conte told journalists: “Danny is having an unlucky season.

“He started this season with a problem in his calf, then he continued to have problems. Now he is struggling with a problem in the groin. We are talking about a good midfielder, a good player. I trust him.”