Gary Cahill will miss the FA Cup clash against Tottenham on Saturday, with Nathan Ake stepping up to take his spot.
Cahill has been ruled out sick with a virus after falling ill at the Cobham Training Centre and had to be rushed to the hospital. The defender could miss the match against Southampton.
Ake has not played since February, but has been playing Cahill’s role in training and Conte feels he is ready.
“Ake thinks he deserves to have this chance to play,” Conte said. “He is showing me his all in this period, always great commitment. He worked very hard. His behaviour was great, was fantastic, and he never told anything.
“Don’t forget that Ake was playing every game with Bournemouth, and he wanted to come and to stay with us to try to work together and to help us to fight for the title.
“I think he’s a good player, I think he’s ready to have this opportunity, to have this chance, he deserves this opportunity and I trust him. I have no problem to take this decision.
“I think for this position Ake has the right characteristic to be the substitute for Gary.”