'Pain, this sucks': Chelsea fans gutted after hearing £30m man won't play against Juventus tomorrow

Chelsea supporters on social media shared their sympathies with N’Golo Kante as it seems he won’t feature against Juventus on Wednesday.

According to Goal, Kante will not play in tomorrow’s Champions League tie due to suffering from an illness.

He is also likely to miss the next Premier League fixture, a visit to Stamford Bridge from Southampton.

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This is another frustrating chapter in the Frenchman’s medical records, as he had only recently overcome an ankle problem.

Understandably, Chelsea fans felt a unified sense of disappointment that their £30m (BBC) midfielder would not be in action for a few matches.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/cairo17i/status/1442799124814962689?s=20

Who comes in for Kante?

Kante’s absence will certainly fill Juve with more confidence ahead of the upcoming European clash.

They are already without the presence of Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata up front.

Any advantage Massimiliano Allegri’s side can gain over Chelsea is a bonus.

Luckily for Thomas Tuchel, he has plenty of sturdy understudies who can fill in for Kante.

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Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are the two obvious replacements, although Saul Niguez could be thrown into the equation.

The Spaniard has plenty of experience in this competition, having reached the final with Atletico Madrid in 2016.

Or, Tuchel might want to unleash his wild card in the shape of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Loftus-Cheek has played in each of the last three games, twice as a substitute.

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He will be looking to build upon these brief appearances and may benefit from Kante’s absence.

But it is more than likely Kovacic and Jorginho get the nod for the juicy clash with Juventus.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.