Lampard Provides Kante Injury Update

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Chelsa Coach Frank Lampard has confirmed that Ngolo Kante will miss the derby clash against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

The French Midfielder limped out of the blues 3-0 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and he is expected to be out for one week.

Kante is also expected to be out of the trip to Sheffield United; he has been a mainstay in his preferred position since the restart.

Lampard told his pre-match press conference on Monday: "Kante won't be in the squad. He has hurt his hamstring. It's a low-level hamstring [injury], so we're hoping it is a week or so out.

"[Mateo] Kovacic trained with us today, but he is not ready for this game, hopefully, the next. Tomori is still not ready. He had a small setback in training. Hopefully, he is back next week."

When asked if Kante will be fit for Chelsea's subsequent match, Lampard said: "We'll play that one as it goes, but I would expect we'd be very lucky to have him for Sheffield United."

Kante's absence could open the door for Italian midfielder, Jorginho to make his first appearance since the restart.