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Thomas Tuchel gives fitness update on N’Golo Kante



Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has provided a fitness update on N’Golo Kante after the Chelsea 2-1 Premier League win over Leicester City last night.

Chelsea were no doubt the dominant side throughout the game, but they were unable to score a goal before the half-time interval at Stamford Bridge.

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Antonio Rudiger bundled home a deflected corner off his thigh without knowing much about it.

Jorginho doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Timo Werner was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by VAR In the 66th minute.

Leicester city reduced the deficit through Kelechi Iheanacho in the 76th minute, but they could not grab the equaliser as Ayoze Perez missed a better chance late on.

While the result was a boost, the club saw Kante leave the field in the 31st minute with a potential fitness concern.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel said that the midfielder felt his hamstring, and the move was precautionary to avoid an injury.

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He told Chelseafc : “I hope that N’Golo is not injured. He told me he went off before an injury. He felt his hamstring and he was worried that he would get injured.”

“If he continued playing, so we put Kova in, which was also a huge risk, because he was only on the bench for 20 minutes when we had planned for 60 minutes before bringing him on.”

Kante has been handled with care by Tuchel, and he has limited the playing time for the Frenchman in order to avoid the prospect of an injury.

The 30-year-old played a key part in the club’s run to the Champions League final against Manchester City and hopefully, he has not suffered a setback.

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The Blues are yet to cement their top-four spot, and they may need to beat Aston Villa on the last matchday to secure Champions League football.

That situation could be avoided if Liverpool, who are four points behind them on the table, drop points against Burnley on the road tonight.

With Mateo Kovacic back after a hamstring injury, Kante could be rested in preparation for the Champions League final against City on May 29.