LONDON – Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has not recovered from an ankle injury, and will miss Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Sheffield United, manager Frank Lampard said on Friday.
The 28-year-old missed the 3-2 victory over promoted Norwich City last weekend, and was not called up by France manager Didier Deschamps for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.
“Kante is not fit. It’s a continuation of his ankle problem. He won’t be travelling with the French squad either,” Lampard told a news conference.
“I had a conversation with Deschamps, and we both agreed it was the best thing for him, so let’s try and get him fit over the break.
“It’s a setback, but my focus is on making sure he’s okay.