Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed he had to take off N’Golo Kante at half-time against Liverpool due to the same ankle injury that kept him out of the Blues’ previous Premier League clash with Arsenal.
A challenge from Sadio Mane felled Kante, forcing an early exit, and now Tuchel has confirmed that he was removed after aggravating an existing knock.
“He is injured, he had to go out,” the Tuchel explained in his post-match press conference. “He missed the Arsenal game because of pain in his ankle and a little bit of inflammation
“[It’s] nothing serious because he was back in training and, as you could see, he started today. In winning the ball in this situation, the opponent fell on his ankle, [and] twisted it again.
“He immediately had the same pain as before the Arsenal game when he missed it. He was lacking the force to accelerate and we had to take him off.
“Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down, taking off N’Golo Kante at half time, and having Liverpool play towards the Kop? But we did excellently and we are super happy with what we did. We deserved the point.”