Chelsea vs Arsenal: N’Golo Kante set to miss Europa League final after picking up knee injury

The French midfielder had recently recovered from a hamstring injury but a fresh knock in training last week appears to have ended hopes of a return

Jack Rathborn
Monday 27 May 2019 08:07
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Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea 'deserve a trophy' after reaching Europa League final

N’Golo Kante is a major doubt for the Europa League final after picking up a knee injury.

The Chelsea midfielder had just returned to training after a hamstring injury, which kept him out of the final two Premier League matches of the season.

But a fresh injury, thought to have been picked up on Saturday, is now highly likely to keep him out of the showcase match in Baku against Arsenal.

It is a major blow to Maurizio Sarri, who is already contending without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger.

There is now almost no midfield cover, with Danny Drinkwater out of favour and youngster Ethan Ampadu only just returning from injury himself.

It leaves Sarri to consider youngster Conor Gallagher as he bids to end the season with silverware.

It means there is added pressure on Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley to remain fit with the trio now almost certain to start on Wednesday.

N’golo Kante is given treatment during the Premier League match

Sarri lost Loftus-Cheek during the friendly match against the New England Revolution and admits the England midfielder faces a lengthy spell out.

“I’m sure he will be able to return stronger,” said Sarri of the midfielder.

“I don’t know the timing because it’s very difficult to say now: four months to six months.

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