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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has made just three Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season and he is yet to feature in the Champions League.
The France international has struggled with injuries since he picked up an injury before our Europa League final success against Arsenal in May.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been urged to manage the midfielder carefully.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Adam Shergold said: “Chelsea kept a clean sheet for the first time in 11 matches as they defeated Brighton 2-0 on Saturday.
“But while it was a dominant performance and a deserved three points, one talking point was a man who was missing.
“Their talismanic midfielder N’Golo Kante sat out after suffering a hamstring injury, another setback after the Frenchman had just returned from a sprained ankle.
“And that followed his knee troubles last season which culminated in him playing through the pain barrier in the Europa League final against Arsenal.
“It’s clear that such an important player needs to be carefully managed by Frank Lampard if he’s to make it through a busy season in one piece.
“This is something Lampard acknowledged after the Brighton win, saying: ‘We just need to get it right. We are just careful and it is my duty to work with him.’
“There is talk of Kante returning to action against Lille on Wednesday night but it may make more sense to give him a rest for a few weeks. Chelsea have far more important games ahead.”