N’Golo Kante, a Chelsea midfielder, has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Champions League match against Juventus due to sickness.
Kante had hoped to reclaim his best form for Chelsea after recovering from a persistent groin injury, but he has been forced to return to the bench due to illness and will miss vital Champions League and Premier League matches. The World Cup-winning midfielder has only played three games after returning from a three-game layoff due to a muscle problem.
Since his comeback, Thomas Tuchel has used Kante sparingly, limiting him to 45-minute stints against Tottenham and Aston Villa, and taking him off around the hour mark during Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will have to make do without the World Cup winner against Juventus on Wednesday because he has been ruled out for the time being.
Tuchel’s team got off to a good start in their Champions League championship defense with a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg on matchday one, but they may expect it to be a little more difficult against the Serie A heavyweights in Turin. They’ll also face Malmo FF on October 20th, though the French midfielder should be back by then.
They will be without N’Golo Kante, with Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek vying for starting positions after coming off the substitute in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City last time out.
He is also expected to miss Chelsea’s Premier League match against Southampton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
The 30-year-old is also a significant uncertainty for France’s newest squad, which is attempting to win another major trophy at the UEFA Nations League finals.
To address the issue, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel will talk to the media later on Tuesday before his team’s travel to Turin.
Kante’s absence will put further pressure on his customary midfield partner Jorginho, who was linked with a return to Serie A and Juventus during his Chelsea woes.
The Italy international has firmly established himself as an essential component of Tuchel’s well-oiled engine, having won over the fans who vociferously doubted him in the first place.
‘I utilized the criticism to fuel my creativity. The fans are aware of your dedication, and I have always given my all. As a result, the results improved, and my performances improved,’ Jorginho remarked ahead of tomorrow’s match.
‘Moreover, my supporters began to appreciate my approach and how I perceive football.’ I had to overcome a significant obstacle in order to win them over.’
Last season, Kante made 48 appearances for Chelsea, and he was instrumental in the Blues’ Champions League victory over Manchester City, as well as their fourth-place finish in the Premier League. This season, he has already made six appearances for Chelsea, scoring a goal in a 3-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur. He also played 65 minutes in the UEFA Super Cup, helping Chelsea to a 7-6 penalty shootout victory over Villareal.
Since joining Chelsea for £32 million from Leicester City in 2016, he has made 224 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals and assisting on another 10. Although these may not appear to be the best statistics, Kante is generally utilized in a defensive role, as he routinely recovers possession and can easily initiate assaults. He has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Europa and Champions Leagues, and, most recently, the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.