Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had his pre-match press conference this morning. He gave the following update on the injury situation for Chelsea.
Lampard reports that Kante is not fit for tomorrow's game due to a small groin injury. Kovacic has been in training and is in contention. Barkley is fit. Christensen out for two weeks with a hamstring injury. Rudiger now training outside with physios.#CHENEW
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Both Danish defender Andreas Christensen and French midfielder N’Golo Kante will not be out for the Newcastle match. German defender Antonio Rudiger is also out as he is still recovering from a groin injury.
This is some good news for Newcastle as it leaves just Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori as the center-back partnership. They have played together twice this season – in the 2-2 home draw against Sheffield United and in the 4-1 win at Southampton just before the break.
N’Golo Kante had recovered from an early season ankle injury just last month. It now looks like he will have another spell on the sidelines with a groin injury. Though it does not look like it is too serious.
This is a big opportunity for Newcastle to get something at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They were able to defeat a depleted Manchester United squad at St James Park. This one, though, will be a much tougher one to pull off.
However, the lads have a golden opportunity to get a result on Saturday if they can replicate their Manchester United performance at Stamford Bridge.
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