Leicester City boss Rodgers says Chelsea have quality to cope with Kante's absence
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said his side would not have an advantage despite Chelsea’s being without ‘top-class’ N’Golo Kante for Tuesday’s game.
Initially expected to be back after serving his suspension against Fulham at the weekend, Kante will have to miss out on the game against his former club.
Lampard confirmed that the 29-year-old has yet to fully recover from a hamstring injury.
The fact that Kante has had played more minutes (1481 minutes – 17 appearances) in the Premier League this season at Chelsea shows how important he has been for Lampard’s plan.
Leicester boss Rodgers believes Lampard will have plenty of alternative options at his disposal, however.
Asked whether Kante’s injury would be a boost for his team during his press conference on Monday, Rodgers responded: “They have got a real squad of top players.”
“Of course with Kante, we know he’s a top-class player.
“Unfortunate, but Frank [Lampard] will always have someone else to come in and do a good job.”
Similar to Chelsea, Leicester only have one injury concern which means both sides should be close at full strength for Tuesday’s battle.
“Papy Mendy just has a slight strain in his neck, so we’ll see how he is, but apart from that, everyone else will be fine,” Rodgers added.
“We’ve got a fully fit squad, virtually, which puts us in a good place.”
As things stand, Leicester City who currently sit third in the league have a six-point lead over seventh-placed Chelsea.