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As reported earlier, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has returned to London to continue rehabilitation on the knee injury suffered ahead of the Europa League final at the end of last season.
Kante played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in May but he has struggled with the injury since then and is yet to fully recover.
Lampard brought him on tour in the hope he might play some part in a friendly against Barcelona on Tuesday, but the France international has now been sent back home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour in Japan after a worrying injury set back.
Chelsea have released a statement concerning the midfielder. It reads: “N’Golo Kante has travelled back to the UK to continue his rehabilitation for an injury connected to the knee problem he sustained at the end of last season.”
Kante has been injury free since moving to the Premier League in 2015, and has been ever present over the years for both club and country.
The effect of playing too many games might be taking its effect on Kante, and the 28-year-old is yet to play a single game in the ongoing pre-season.
Chelsea’s next game in against Barcelona in Saitaima on Tuesday night, and the Blues will fly home to London after the Barcelona game with a domestic friendly, against Readin2.
After the Reading game, Chelsea will then head to Austria and Germany to meet RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively, before the competitive action gets underway on Sunday 11 August with a trip to Old Trafford.