Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed N’Golo Kante will not be available for the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United and responds to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim.
The 29-year-old has missed Chelsea’s last two games due to a hamstring injury, and it looks like he will also be out for Sunday’s tie.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Lampard said except for the midfielder, the Blues don’t have other serious injury problems, although they will have to do a further check.
The manager told the media (via Chelsea’s official website): “Overall, the squad is ok.
“N’Golo Kante won’t be fit for the match though. He’s still not quite right, so he’s out for Sunday.
“We have a few other players that have a few little niggles and we will be monitoring them over the next 24 hours or so.”
Lampard also responded to Man United boss Solskjaer’s claim that Chelsea have been given an unfair 48-hour rest ahead of the match.
“I don’t think we do,” Lampard said.
“We have played Saturday, Tuesday this week, we are playing regularly. We both played two games this week.
“It is a busy period, you play and recover.”
Lampard doesn't think we will have an advantage over Man Utd because they played last night and we were in action on Tuesday. He says the schedule is so busy for everyone right now you can find advantages on both sides.
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Aside from the FA Cup semifinal, Chelsea are also under pressure to finish in the top four.
Leicester City and Man United’s results yesterday mean Lampard’s side only have a one-point cushion over the two teams in the chasing pack.
But the former Derby County manager stressed that Chelsea will fight for both the FA Cup and the top four finish.
“At Chelsea, considering where we are, we are in the semifinal and we know what’s in front of us,” he said.
“We fight on two domestic fronts and you have to give everything to do that.”