Maurizio Sarri fears that key midfielder N’Golo Kante could be out for Chelsea’s upcoming matches against Leicester city and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The France international had to be withdrawn in the 8th minute of the first half after a rather innocuous coming together with a Watford player.
We're forced into an early change. Loftus-Cheek replaces the injured Kante.
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His absence was not much felt in the game as Ruben Loftus Cheek who came on for Kante put up a superb show but it’s in the longer term that the Blues fear for the 28-year-old’s absence.
The win over Watford has taken Chelsea to 71 points giving them the third spot in the table, out of the grasps of Arsenal (67) and Manchester United (66) with only a game left to go, confirming their qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Blues next take on Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge and that is where Sarri feels that Kante’s absence could make a major difference.
“The problem is with his hamstring.” Said Sarri
“But I made a mistake because, probably, he had to rest. Sometimes it’s very difficult to put on the bench a player so important like (Eden) Hazard, like Kante, but you have to do it.
“We have to wait until the morning (to determine the severity of the injury), but it’s very difficult to recover him for the next two matches. We have to try and recover him for the (potential Europa League) final.”
It will be a race against time for Kante to recover from this injury for the Europa League final on 29th of May in Baku if Chelsea make it.