Golo Kante has not recovered from an ankle injury and will miss Saturdays Premier League encounter with Sheffield United, manager Frank Lampard said on Friday.
The Chelsea midfielder missed the 3-2 victory over promoted Norwich City last weekend and was not called up by France manager Didier Deschamps for next month`s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.
“Kante is not fit. It
s a continuation of his ankle problem. He wont be travelling with the French squad either,” Lampard told a news conference.
“I had a conversation with Deschamps and we both agreed it was the best thing for him, so let`s try and get him fit over the break.
s a setback, but my focus is on making sure hes okay. He`s had four years of constant football at an incredibly high level, energy level, output level. We have to get it right.”
Victory at Carrow Road was Chelsea`s first under new manager Lampard and the former England international said a weight had been lifted from their shoulders.
“It certainly helped, not just me but the staff as well to get the first win. We have a huge uplift in that and there
s a lot to work on. We cant rest on that win,” Lampard added.
The Blades have four points from three games but were beaten by Leicester City last time out.