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Frank Lampard Talks N'Golo Kante Injury, Wants Him to Miss International Duty

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: NGolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hoping France will allow N'Golo Kante to remain with the club during the upcoming international break to enable him to get back to full fitness.

Kante missed the Blues' 3-2 win over Norwich City on Saturday with an ankle injury.

Per Goal's Nizaar Kinsella, Lampard said:

"It is a difficult one. He has had four years of constantly playing. [The] injury from the Europa League final has affected his pre-season. Then he hurt himself against Man United.

"We are trying to get him through it. Today was too painful. The international break will be great for him to get the injury right. It would be great for everybody [if Kante stays] because he's been playing game after game after game."

Kante was expected to miss last season's UEFA Europa League final against Arsenal with a knee injury, but he started the showpiece thanks to an injection and put in a fine performance as Chelsea won 4-1.

The former Leicester City man missed much of pre-season and could only come on as a substitute in Chelsea's 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in their opening Premier League game of the campaign.

He completed 120 minutes in the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool, though, and impressed while doing so (U.S. only):

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

N'Golo Kante was everywhere for Chelsea yesterday 👏 https://t.co/RNGtvsIsii

Liverpool.com's Joel Rabinowitz singled him out for praise:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

Kante was absurdly good tonight. Especially considering he had a knock the other day. What a player.

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

@toby_milesTM Immense. Underrated how skilled he is on the ball because of how incredible he is at winning it back, imo.

The midfielder is known for his remarkable energy and endurance, and despite his exertions in the Super Cup, those qualities were on show again soon after in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with his former club Leicester:

Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella

N'Golo Kante covered the most distance for a Chelsea player yesterday at 11.15km. Man could do with no mid-week game after 120 mins in the Super Cup too. All after coming back from several months out injured. #CFC #CHELEI

Kante is among the most influential players in the Premier League, so he's naturally a key player at Stamford Bridge.

Keeping him fit is paramount to their ambitions, so it would be of enormous benefit for him not to be involved in France's UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania on September 7 and Andorra on September 10.

He's similarly important for Les Bleus, but they should be capable of winning those matches without him. They'll also benefit long term if the break allows him to get back to peak condition, so letting him remain at Stamford Bridge would be best for all parties.