The latest on N’Golo Kante ahead of Chelsea’s meeting with Luton

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has provided an update on N’Golo Kante’s fitness, ahead of his side’s upcoming meeting with Luton.

The latest on N’Golo Kante ahead of Chelsea’s meeting with Luton

FA Cup showdown

The Blues are set to get their FA Cup campaign back underway on Sunday afternoon.

Lampard and co. will of course be heavy favourites to book their spot in the competition’s 5th-round, when they welcome Championship outfit Luton Town to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, though, despite their favourites tag, will head into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result.

This comes with the capital giants of course in the midst of an altogether concerning spell of recent form.

After being deservedly put to the sword by 2 goals to nil at the King Power Stadium during the week, Chelsea slipped to a lowly 8th in the Premier League table, a full 11 points adrift of table-topping Manchester United.

The latest on N’Golo Kante ahead of Chelsea’s meeting with Luton

Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard gestures during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP)

‘Won’t be available’

The Pensioners’ woes of late have of course seen the finger of blame pointed in a whole host of directions, with the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and manager Lampard having come in for criticism.

One, though, who, for the most part, has continued to perform at a characteristically high level throughout Chelsea’s dip, has been N’Golo Kante.

French midfielder Kante has continued to go about his business in the middle of the park in typically effective fashion, breaking up play, whilst looking neat and tidy in possession.

This, however, was only until a recent fitness issue picked up saw the former Leicester man confined to the sidelines, with Kante having now not featured in any of the club’s last 3 outings.

In turn, speaking during a press conference ahead of his side’s meeting with Luton, Frank Lampard was inevitably asked for an update on his star midfielder’s wellbeing.

The Blues boss, though, after first confirming that Olivier Giroud will be fit to feature on Sunday, ruled Kante out:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester United FC 19 11 40
2 Manchester City FC 18 18 38
3 Leicester City FC 19 14 38
4 Liverpool FC 19 15 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
6 Everton FC 17 7 32
7 West Ham United FC 19 5 32
8 Chelsea FC 19 10 29
9 Southampton FC 18 5 29
10 Arsenal FC 19 4 27
11 Aston Villa FC 16 11 26
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace FC 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Newcastle United FC 18 -12 19
16 Burnley FC 18 -12 19
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
18 Fulham FC 18 -12 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 19 -28 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 5

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