Chelsea players are reportedly worried for their own fitness thanks to the long-term absence of N’Golo Kante.
According to the Evening Standard, the Frenchman’s foreseeable place in the treatment room has caused ‘concern’ amongst the senior squad.
Kante has not kicked a ball competitively since the second Premier League game of the season.
A hamstring injury has caused the £30m midfielder to miss nearly all of the domestic campaign and the World Cup.
He is not due to return until at least March, having undergone surgery on the issue that has hampered his powers.
The 30-year-old hasn’t had much luck with injuries in the past few terms, an unwanted trait that has apparently resonated with his teammates.
Kante’s fitness causes concern at Chelsea
If one of the fittest players in the sport can be repeatedly wounded, what does that mean for the more fragile members of the Stamford Bridge camp?
Kante’s rotten record has seemingly seeped throughout the Chelsea team, as they continue to be struck down with different issues.
At the moment, Graham Potter is without Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Armando Broja and Edouard Mendy.
Mason Mount missed the match against Manchester City through injury, whilst Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic were both forced to leave the fixture early.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subbed off due to ‘fatiguing’, despite coming on as a substitute towards the start of the contest.
Add Kante to the mix, and Potter is staring at a list of 10 players currently side-lined heading into the subsequent contest with City in the FA Cup tomorrow.
As he rightly said, when it, rains it pours.