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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante limped off inside 10 minutes of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday and was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored Chelsea’s first goal.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed after the game that the injury was a hamstring problem and Kante will now miss Chelsea’s Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday and the final league game of the season at Leicester City on Sunday.
Sarri believes he’s to blame for the injury suffered by Kante.
According to Sarri, starting Kante against Watford just three days after the 1-1 draw Eintracht Frankfurt was a mistake.
“He has a problem with his hamstring, but I think I made a mistake, he should have rested today,” Sarri said.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to put someone on the bench so important like Eden Hazard or Kante – it’s a risk.
“We will wait for the morning, it’s very difficult to recover for the next two matches. We have to recover him for the final.”
However, Kante doesn’t think it was Sarri’s fault as he admitted that he was fine before the game.
Speaking about the injury, Kante said: “I had no problem [before the game], I was fine and it just happened,” before adding: “After a difficult time in the league we have the opportunity to finish well with third position, so the final game in the league will be an important one against Leicester and we still have the second leg of the Europa League and we still have to qualify for the final.”
Kante has also called for consistency so that Chelsea can wrap up the season with the Europa League trophy in Baku on May 29.
Kante said: “Many times in the season we have been winning and losing, winning and losing, so we have to see if we can get what we want on Thursday and go to the final.
“We are doing better, I think we understand the idea of the manager. This season I have tried to add something to my game, to play more in front, to give the best last passes and to take chances to shoot. It is something I think I improve this season and I am happy for that.”