Chelsea are set to be without their key midfielder N’Golo Kante for the trip to Juventus on Wednesday.
According to Goal.com, the 30-year-old midfielder is sidelined with illness and he could miss the weekend clash against Southampton as well.
The French international suffered a muscle injury early in the season, and has not been able contribute to regular games. Kante will be trying to overcome his injury issues in the next weeks.
The 30-year-old is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world and he was crucial to Chelsea’s Champions League win last season.
The Blues could have used his talents against Juventus this week. It remains to be determined if they can manage without their star midfielder.
Chelsea are coming into this game on the back of a defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League and they will be hoping to bounce back strongly with a positive result here.
Kante’s absence will definitely affect their midfield. Thomas Tuchel now has only two reliable central midfielders, Mateo Kovacic or Jorginho.
Blues signed Saul Niguez (from Atletico Madrid) on a loan deal during summer transfer window, but the Spaniard is not yet in his best form.
Saul will need to adjust to his new surroundings.
It will be interesting to see if Tuchel is willing to give an opportunity to Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the absence of the World Cup winner.
Regardless, Kante’s defensive qualities and work rate are unparalleled and Chelsea will miss him against the Italian giants.
The Blues beat Zenit St Petersburg to win their Champions League group opener. They will be hoping to win another morale-boosting victory against the Turin giants.