Why N’Golo Kante was absent and Edouard Mendy replaced Kepa for Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

An insight into two key personnel decisions opted for by Chelsea head coach for the club’s latest outing have been provided late on Saturday evening.

The Blues, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Fresh off a morale-boosting victory over Bournemouth last time out, Frank Lampard’s troops welcomed Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge, eyeing a 2nd league win on the spin.

When all was said and done, however, despite the best efforts of Raheem Sterling, the capital giants’ efforts came up short.

This came as Sterling’s brace was cancelled out by a pair of goals by way of Forest frontman Taiwo Awoniyi, en route to an eventual 2-2 stalemate in west London.

Chelsea’s latest disappointing result, meanwhile, came amid questions over the team selection decisions opted for by Frank Lampard.

For one, N’Golo Kante was nowhere to be seen, culminating in the Blues’ interim boss inevitably being drawn on the whereabouts of the Frenchman.

Lampard, though, went on to reveal that he was left with no choice but to leave Kante out, owing to a groin injury which looks set to see the midfielder sit out the remainder of the season:

Elsewhere on Saturday, Edouard Mendy was reintroduced between the posts, taking the place of the heavily scrutinised Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Frenchman subsequently went on to endure an outing to forget, but Lampard was adamant that Mendy was deserving of his inclusion, after impressing in training of late:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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