'We have to see': Tuchel provides latest update on Ngolo Kante's chances of playing in the FA Cup final

Thomas Tuchel didn’t sound too optimistic when discussing the probability of N’Golo Kante being fit for the FA Cup final.

Tuchel delivered his uncertain verdict after Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League victory against Leeds United yesterday.

N’Golo Kante race to make the FA Cup final

Kante did not feature again yesterday following an injury he sustained at the end of last month.

He has since watched his teammates lose to Everton, draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and comfortably overthrow Leeds.

Other than the win at Elland Road, Chelsea have looked far from convincing without their mini-midfielder patrolling the pitch.

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And this is against opponents Tuchel’s men are expected to defeat.

How will they cope with a far superior side to those who have come before them recently?

Well, the answer is just a few days away in the form of Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s men prepared for the FA Cup final by narrowly edging past Aston Villa on Tuesday.

A reshuffled pack still managed to beat their beloved Steven Gerrard, a potentially worrying omen for the weekend.

If Chelsea weren’t fearful already, their worries will have been heightened by the damage done to Mateo Kovacic last night.

Kovacic had to hobble off the field thanks to an awful challenge from Daniel James that earned him a straight red card.

Will N’Golo Kante be fit for the FA Cup final?

With one of his main central midfielders pretty much ruled out for Saturday, Tuchel added extra concern by delivering an update on Kante.

“Not sure. Maybe I know tomorrow more. Latest chance for him to be ready is Friday,” admitted Chelsea’s manager about the Frenchman’s availability for the final.

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“As we can see it’s very close what we’re doing here and N’Golo was not in team training yesterday.

“We have to see now, I don’t know what the reaction was today, but we have to see if he can maybe be in team training tomorrow.”

Even if Kante makes it in time, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be at full capacity.

This is the last thing you need when facing Liverpool, even if they are running on fumes themselves.

Every member of Tuchel’s troop must be on top form to ensure silverware success at Wembley.

They came so close in the Carabao Cup final earlier in the season; revenge surely has to be on the mind.

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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.