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Lampard gives Kante and Loftus-Cheek's injury update

Photo: Getty Images Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed his disappointment getting N’Golo Kante fit enough to play more than he did...

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed his disappointment getting N’Golo Kante fit enough to play more than he did this season, and getting Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to full fitness before the coronavirus break.

Kante has struggled with different injuries, and started only 16 out of 29 league matches for Chelsea, while Loftus-Cheek is yet to play a minute for Chelsea in the Premier League since returning from an Achilles injury.

But Lampard believes getting those two midfielders in their best shape is the target for next season.

“Yeah we had quite a few of those going into when we finished playing recently,” he said on BT's Early Kick-Off show, cited by Football London.

“I think N'Golo Kante is a great example. Obviously, he played four or five incredible seasons in succession. He’s been used quite rightly by his managers a lot.

“But this season he has only about 40 percent of our game and even then I have felt for him. I have really felt for him.

“He’s been a huge miss for us but looking forward, whenever a restart comes, we want to get him in the best shape.

“We want to get Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has missed the whole season in his best shape.

“So we have had slightly different plans for them, but they have been scuppered in what we have had to recently because health comes first.

“Recently we have just tried to get those players a bit fitter. Of course, if and when we get the chance to return to full training we can hopefully get them to where we want them to be.

“We obviously need N'Golo Kante in our team, he is one of the best players in the world and I knew that before I became manager of Chelsea.

“We, unfortunately, haven’t been able to have him much this year, but going forward, of course, we want him fit and raring to go.”

Chelsea have reportedly made it clear that N’Golo Kante is not for sale despite interest in the France international.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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