N’Golo Kante limped out of Chelsea’s final home game of the season against Watford in the 8th minute, with a hamstring injury and has been a doubt for the Europa League final against Arsenal.
The Chelsea midfielder has been struggling with a hamstring injury since the start of the month and missed Chelsea’s final Premier League game of the season – the goalless draw with Leicester City.
The 28-year-old didn’t make the trip to the east coast of America to face New England Revolution in a charity game, and he’s been working on his fitness while his team-mates went to the United States
Kante appeared to have shaken off the injury and was deemed fit for the Europa League final on May 29.
Kante trained with the rest of the squad last Monday, making his comeback from injury earlier than expected.
Now there are fears that Chelsea could be without Kante for the Europa League final against Arsenal after he suffered a fresh injury in training on Saturday.
Kante suffered a knock to his knee and the severity of the injury is not yet known, with further tests required, although early signs indicate he may be unable to play against Arsenal.
Chelsea already have an injury list of Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek ahead of the Europa League final, and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be unhappy to have four important players missing.
Speaking before Kante’s setback, the Italian had been counting on using the Frenchman in Baku, as he said: “Of course we are trying to recover Kante. He had a part of the training yesterday with the group, so we are optimistic.
“I think he will be able to play the final. Rudiger no chance. No, Rudiger and Loftus-Cheek and Callum are all out. The only one we can recover is Kante.”