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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante was surprisingly missing in the team for the game against Burnley.
Kante didn’t even make the substitute’s bench only for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to reveal that the World Cup winner suffered a hamstring injury on Friday.
“He’s reported some feeling in his hamstring yesterday after training,” Lampard told Sky Sports before Chelsea’s clash with Burnley.
“We have him overnight to see how it was, it wasn’t good enough this morning so not good enough to play.
“Though these things always give an opportunity you don’t want them because we’re missing good players.
“N’Golo… everyone knows how important he is for us. But not worth the risk in any way but opens the door for Ross Barkley at this point to come in and play.”
Speaking after the game, the Chelsea manager suggested that Kante’s injury was a slight one.
He said: “He got through training yesterday but it was something that came up last night and then we made a decision this morning.
“It was more of an awareness in the hamstring, as opposed to a moment he had to pull up, so that makes you hope it is a small thing but we will have to see how it goes.”