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Why N’Golo Kante is missing for Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Why N’Golo Kante is missing for Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Chelsea are set to get their final game of the Premier League season underway shortly.

The Blues will make the trip to Villa Park, to face a Villans side with little left to play for on the final weekend of the season.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have not yet secured Champions League football for the 2021/22 campaign, ahead of kick-off on Sunday.

So, the Pensioners need to win to ensure that they hold onto 3rd place. If not, Thomas Tuchel and co. will need one of Liverpool or Leicester to drop points.

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Why Kante is missing for Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Given the importance of Sunday’s game, it was unsurprising to see Thomas Tuchel field a strong starting line-up.

The Chelsea XI was released an hour before kick-off, likely similar to the one that will take to the field to face Manchester City in the Champions League final next week:

There was one notable omission from Chelsea’s starting line-up and matchday squad, though, with N’Golo Kante nowhere to be seen.

The Frenchman was taken off earlier in the week vs Leicester, but following the clash, Tuchel assured that Kante was not injured, with his exit from the action simply a precaution:

“N’Golo is not injured. He told me – and I understood him right in French – he went out before an injury. He felt his hamstrings and was worried that he would get injured if he continued to play. So we put Kova in and that was a risk because he was more or less on the bench for 20 minutes, but he played 60.”

Now, though, after being left out on Sunday, it has been reported that the same pre-injury issue has also led to Kante’s absence against Villa.

It is hoped, however, that he will be fit in time for the Champions League final:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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