Frank Lampard has admitted N’Golo Kante’s injury “doesn’t look great”. The Chelsea midfielder was substituted in the first half of last night’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Kante has endured a stop-start campaign due to injury problems, with the latest forcing him off the pitch in the 12th minute of the Premier League clash, with Mason Mount taking his place.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Chelsea boss Lampard admitted: “It’s an adductor injury. We’ll have to assess it but it doesn’t look great.”
Kante appeared to have put his fitness issues behind him by featuring in 13 of the team’s previous 14 fixtures following an injury-plagued couple of months at the start of the campaign.
When asked if the 28-year-old’s latest injury is related to a previous problem, Lampard said: “I don’t know that yet for sure. I wouldn’t want to give you that information.
“I know it’s the same leg, so it’s similar.”
Kante’s injury provides a fresh headache for Lampard amid Chelsea’s stuttering form that has allowed their rivals back into the race for Champions League qualification.
Tottenham are hot on their heels and travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the lunchtime kick-off.
Kante is likely to miss that game if his injury is as concerning as Lampard fears.
Chelsea follow up that clash wth a trip to Germany next Tuesday to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Blues’ fixture list shows no sign of letting up with an away game at Bournemouth being followed by an FA Cup tie against Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Lampard was left fuming by the defeat to United, who are now within three points in the table.
Headed goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire in either half saw the Chelsea suffer a fifth home loss of the season.
Maguire was fortunate to be on the pitch by the time of his goal having earlier tangled with Michy Batshuayi, appearing to deliberately kick the Blues striker in the groin as he went to ground.
Chelsea also had two strikes ruled out; the first a header from Kurt Zouma at a corner that was cancelled due to a push from Cesar Azpilicueta on Brandon Williams in the box.
Lampard said: “Tough to take on lots of levels, some footballing, some others. It’s football and it’s life.
“I’m not complaining about any work ethic from the lads, their heads are down in there. It’s a tough night for us.”
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