Chelsea suffer N’Golo Kante injury blow ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt

Chelsea vs Watford

Chelsea hosted Watford in one of three Premier League games on Sunday.

The tie came as a must-win for the Blues as they look to secure Champions League football for next season.

Chelsea started the day in 4th place, two points above 5th-placed Arsenal.

However, the Gunners are set to take on Brighton later in the day and would overtake Maurizio Sarri’s side with a win vs the Seagulls.

6th-placed Manchester United will also be in action on Sunday against bottom of the table Huddersfield.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

N’Golo Kante injured

Chelsea’s day didn’t get off to the best start, though.

Watford looked the better side in the opening exchanges and came close to opening the scoring.

Star midfielder N’Golo Kante would then be taken off in the 10th minute with what looked to be a hamstring problem.

As well as being a huge miss for the rest of the Watford game, Kante may also now miss Chelsea’s next clash.

The Blues will host Eintracht Frankfurt in the second-leg of their Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday.

The reverse fixture saw Chelsea draw 1-1 after Pedro cancelled out Luka Jovic’s opener.

While it can be argued that Chelsea have the advantage heading into the second-leg due to their away goal, not having Kante fit would certainly benefit Frankfurt greatly.

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