Why N’Golo Kante missed Chelsea’s clash with Burnley

Chelsea vs Burnley

Chelsea’s latest clash saw them take on Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues began Saturday sat 4th in the Premier League, with both Manchester United and Sheffield United five points behind them.

But while Chelsea have spent much of the campaign sat in the top-four, their form of late hasn’t been great.

The London outfit had won just two of their last five PL ties before taking on the Clarets.

Frank Lampard’s side also don’t possess the best home record this term.

Chelsea have already lost to the likes of West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton at the Bridge this season.

But Chelsea did look to have a good chance to earn three points on Saturday, as Burnley had lost their last three league outings before facing the Blues.

Chelsea are also, as of writing, 2-0 up vs Sean Dyche’s side.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Why Kante missed out

As is the norm, Chelsea released their matchday squad to take on Burnley around an hour before kick-off.

There were a couple of noticeable changes for the Londoners, with Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen being handed starts.

But perhaps the most noticeable omission for Chelsea was N’Golo Kante, with the midfielder not even in the 18.

Given what a pivotal member of Chelsea’s squad Kante has been since his move from Leicester, him being completely left out did seem a bit odd.

But Chelsea would provide an explanation for the midfielder’s absence, stating that Kante is out with a hamstring problem he picked up in training on Friday.

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