N’Golo Kante could be a doubt for Super Cup clash after picking up an injury against Manchester United.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed about N’Golo Kante’s injury which he picked up against Manchester United. The French International came on against the Red Devils in the second half, but that change did not alter the game anyhow.
It was not a bad performance and 4-0 scoreline is a harsh reflection for the Blues. They had several chances in the opening minutes of the game, but the Reds Devils were totally clinical by finding the back of the net four times.
Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic started as defensive midfielders in the previous game and Lampard was on the verge of slotting Kante into the starting eleven. However, the midfield is likely to remain the same because of the injury he picked up on Sunday.
Lampard said: “Kante was purely [on the bench] because he had an injury. I am very aware of how important he is.
“He picked up another small injury in the game, so we are assessing that.
“I pick the best team to win the game, regardless of age. [Mason] Mount deserves his chance on merit, I won’t fear to play young players.
“In terms of how we set up, I really liked some of our aggressive off-the-ball work. We have to be adaptable and respect the strengths of our opponents.
“There may be subtle changes of our approach.”
Lampard reiterated that Kante could miss the game, while confirming the presence of Willian and Antonio Rudiger on the bench.
He added: “Kante has a small injury and I will make a decision with that with him.
“Willian and Rudiger are here and they are in different stages.
“Willian is not far from fit, to put him in a high intensity match is tough. He will be working through this week on fitness. Tomorrow he will be on the bench. Similarly with Rudiger.”
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante picked up another injury in game at Old Trafford and is being assessed. Doesn’t sound optimistic about his hopes of being involved.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 13, 2019
N’Golo Kante a doubt to face Liverpool tomorrow after picking up another injury on Sunday. Sounds like Willian and Antonio Rudiger will make the bench.
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) August 13, 2019
BREAKING: Frank Lampard has confirmed that N’Golo Kante picked up a ‘small injury’ against Manchester United on Sunday.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 13, 2019
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 13, 2019
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard confirms the club may be without midfielder N’Golo Kante for the UEFA Super Cup showdown with Liverpool in Istanbul tonight
Can they do without him? pic.twitter.com/lz7zkWRnyr
— Airtel UG Football (@AirtelUFootball) August 14, 2019
The absence of N’Golo Kante will be a significant blow for the Blues, who are desperate to get over the line against Liverpool.