Frank Lampard suggests N'Golo Kante is closing in on return

Frank Lampard, head coach of Chelsea FC gestures during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in London,...

Chelsea should be able to welcome back N'Golo Kante back.

NGolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has told the Daily Mail that midfielder N'Golo Kante has a chance to play against Lille having been left out against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Blues coasted to a 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday afternoon, with Jorginho and Willian getting themselves on the scoresheet.

Chelsea moved up to sixth with that win, but the attention will quickly turn to the midweek Champions League clash with French side Lille.

 

Lampard takes his side over to France on Wednesday night, and he would no doubt love to have midfielder Kante back in his squad for the trip.

The 28-year-old Frenchman – one of the big earners at Chelsea on £150,000-a-week (Spotrac) – has endured a frustrating start to the season, with injuries curtailing his impact.

Kante had a hamstring issue towards the end of last season, a knee problem in pre-season and now another hamstring scare, which kept him out against Brighton.

Frank Lampard, head coach of Chelsea FC gestures during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2019 in London,...

Lampard has only been able to pick Kante four times in all competitions this season, and he offered an update after Saturday's win.

Lampard admitted he didn't want to take a risk with Kante's injury, feeling it wasn't right to put him in against the Seagulls – but thinks he could have a chance to play against Lille.

“It's an awareness, I didn't want to take a risk,” said Lampard. “I spoke to N'Golo about it and he's so important for us. We know that. He's had a difficult pre-season. It's been difficult for us but mainly for him because of the break-up of his pre-season, with the injury carrying over from last year. It wasn't right to risk him today. He could have a chance for Lille,” he added.

N'Golo Kante of Chelsea drives on to score his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London,...

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