N’Golo Kante will miss Chelsea’s match with Crystal Palace this week due to a hamstring injury, Frank Lampard confirmed.
The French defensive midfielder will miss the game on Tuesday after limping off in the 3nil win over Watford on Saturday.
Kante went off with 12 minutes to go at Stamford Bridge, and now Lampard has confirmed he will miss the London derby.
And he could also be out for the Premier League game at the weekend, against Sheffield United.
Frank Lampard Talks About Kante Injury
“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 and gopefully 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.”
The absence of Kante could open the door for Jorginho who is yet to feature for Chelsea since the league resumption.
Lampard said the Italy international had taken being dropped on the chin and was training well.
But refused to go into details as to why a player signed for £50 million in 2018 has suddenly fallen out of favour.
Lampard Talks About Jorginho
“He has been very professional about it, He wants to play as every player does, It is one of the hardest parts of the job telling a player who is not playing.
Or picking a squad and leaving out players, particularly when they are training well and Jorginho always trains well.
“He has handled it professionally and that’s what I would expect.
It is important for players in a long season, with the competitive squad that we have.
That they are there to support players when they are out, and he has done that.
So we will see with my selection tomorrow.
“I don’t want to go into the personal details of positions and tactics.
I just have to pick a team as I see best, They are just my choices.”