Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel confirms N'Golo Kante's injury

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 29, 2021, 06:43 PM(IST)

File photo of N'Golo Kante. Photograph:( Reuters )

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"He is injured. He missed the Arsenal game because of pain in his ankle and some inflammation, but it was nothing serious obviously because he was back in training and he started (against Liverpool)," Tuchel said.

Chelsea star N'Golo Kante's ankle injury worsened during a Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed. 

The 30-year-old's injury was aggravated following a challenge from Liverpool's Sadio Mane due to which he was substituted at half-time. The midfielder initially picked up the injury in the warm-up ahead of the UEFA Super Cup earlier this month and was not involved in Chelsea's Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace as a precaution.

"He is injured. He missed the Arsenal game because of pain in his ankle and some inflammation, but it was nothing serious obviously because he was back in training and he started (against Liverpool)," Tuchel said.

"In winning the ball in this situation, the opponent fell on his ankle and twisted it again. He immediately had the same pain he had before the Arsenal game and he was lacking the force to accelerate and we had to take him off.

"Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down and taking N'Golo Kante off at the same time at half-time at Anfield and having Liverpool playing towards the Kop? But we did excellently and we are super happy... we deserved the point."

Chelsea are second on the Premier League table as they take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on September 11.

(Inputs from Agency)

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