Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed some disappointing news concerning midfielder N’Golo Kante’s fitness. The German manager shared that the Frenchman could be out for a few weeks.
Kante, 31, picked up an injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on August 14. He was subbed off in the 84th minute, with Conor Gallagher making his home debut for the Blues.
Tuchel spoke at a press conference ahead of their match against Leeds United at Elland Road on August 21. The tactician revealed some insight into the French World Cup winner’s fitness (via Football.London):
“We’re talking about weeks, which is not good news. We’re disappointed and sad because N’Golo was super fit.”
Kante’s absence will be a huge miss for the Blues, who will have to go into another weekend of games without the industrious midfielder. The Frenchman has struggled with injuries in recent times, as he played 42 matches across all competitions last season.
Chelsea will however have a rich bench to call on and will hopefully be able to manage in their next game against Leeds. The German manager also mentioned that the Blues will also be without Armando Broja and Mateo Kovacic. Tuchel will hope to get back to winning ways regardless of the injuries affecting his team following a fiery draw against Tottenham Hotspur last week.
Chelsea have been in form so far this season, picking up four points from a possible six. Other players on the team’s roster will now have to step up to the plate to help lead the club to more domestic success.