Chelsea wait on star fitness ahead of Euro final
Chelsea will hand a late fitness test to N’Golo Kante, who has a 50-50 chance of making the Europa League final against Arsenal.
Chelsea will give France’s World Cup-winning midfielder as long as possible to prove his fitness, with head coach Maurizio Sarri admitting his absence would be a ‘problem’.
Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley will start in midfield should Kante fail to recover in time, but Sarri is keeping his fingers crossed that the Frenchman makes it.
‘We are trying,’ Sarri said of the situation.
‘It’s not really a very serious injury.
We have the problem of the three, four days to try to recover him.
‘But at the moment we don’t know.
We will try, until the last moment.
So we will try tomorrow, but we don’t know at the moment.
I think he is 50-50 at the moment.
‘Yesterday, 60-40 against, and now, today, 50-50.
He was a little bit better this morning.
We are in trouble with the midfield.
At the moment we have only three midfielders for three positions.
So we are in trouble.
‘For us N’Golo really is very important.
He is the only defensive midfielder that we have.
So for us Kante is really very important, we are trying to recover him.
‘We’ll try tomorrow morning.
I hope to recover him because I know without N’Golo for us is a problem.’