Frank Lampard provides N’Golo Kante update ahead of Chelsea’s meeting with Man United

N Golo Kante

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed that N’Golo Kante will not be fit to feature in his side’s clash with Manchester United.

Chelsea vs Man United

The FA Cup is of course set to get back underway this weekend.

The first of two semi-final clashes will see Arsenal face off with tournament holders Manchester City tomorrow night.

And this will be followed by another highly-anticipated clash between two of English football’s biggest clubs, when Chelsea and Manchester United go head-to-head on Sunday evening.

Both sides are set to the Wembley showdown in 2 days’ time on the back of midweek victories, in their respective pursuits of a top-4 berth.

First, a solitary strike from Olivier Giroud saw Chelsea past a plucky Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

And Manchester United also kept their hopes of Champions League football alive last night, when the Red Devils got the better of Crystal Palace in London.

Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park in south London on July 16, 2020. – Manchester United won the game 2-0. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

Significantly, it should be noted that Chelsea’s latest outing came on Tuesday, meaning Frank Lampard’s men are set to have an extra 48 hours of recovery time before Sunday’s semi-final clash.

‘Still not right’

As outlined above, however, whilst the Pensioners will head into their meeting with Manchester United refreshed and raring to go, they will also do so without the services of a key player.

The individual in question is N’Golo Kante.

French midfielder Kante has missed his side’s last 3 outings, since picking up a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford two weeks ago.

And, speaking in his pre-United press conference this afternoon, Frank Lampard confirmed that the 29-year-old is ‘still not right’, meaning he will not be fit to feature at Wembley on Sunday:

‘N’Golo Kante won’t be fit for the match, he’s still not right, so he’s out.’

‘Other than that, we have a few people with little niggles, which I’ll monitor over the next 24 hours or so and then we’ll be ready to go.’

Quotes via Goal

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# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 36 48 93
2 Manchester City 36 58 75
3 Chelsea FC 36 15 63
4 Leicester City 36 31 62
5 Manchester United 36 28 62
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 11 56
7 Tottenham Hotspur 36 11 55
8 Sheffield United 36 3 54
9 Arsenal FC 36 8 53
10 Burnley FC 36 -8 51
11 Everton FC 36 -11 46
12 Southampton FC 36 -13 46
13 Newcastle United 36 -18 43
14 Crystal Palace 36 -17 42
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -16 37
16 West Ham United 35 -15 34
17 Watford FC 35 -21 34
18 AFC Bournemouth 36 -25 31
19 Aston Villa 36 -27 31
20 Norwich City 36 -42 21
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 23
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 20
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 20
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 17
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United 17
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers 17
Martial, Anthony Manchester United 17
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 17
Aguero, Sergio Manchester City 16
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 15
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 14
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Richarlison Everton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 11
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10

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