Tuchel: Why Kante won’t make squad for Zenit game despite returning to training

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is back in training after suffering an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool before the international break.

Despite returning to training ahead of our Champions League opener against Zenit on Tuesday, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Kante won’t be part of the squad.

According to Tuchel, he isn’t willing to risk Kante as the game against Zenit comes too early for the midfielder.

Tuchel said: “N’Golo had two training sessions yesterday and trained again today, but the Champions League game comes a bit too early for him. We won’t take the risk with him now at this moment of the season.

“We have decided to give him another load in training tomorrow, then he will have the day off with the rest of the group and then train with us all on Friday to be ready totally for Tottenham on Sunday.”

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