N’Golo Kante has endured an injury-hit season at Chelsea to this point this marketing campaign.
The Frenchman missed seven of the primary 11 Premier League video games of the 2019-20 season, and has began simply 16 of the 26 league video games, with an additional two appearances coming from the bench.
It appears the harm issues are usually not going away quickly, with Kante leaving the sphere with simply 12 minutes of Chelsea’s sport in opposition to Manchester United performed.
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard was unable to ship excellent news on the midfielder in his post-match press convention: “It’s an adductor harm. We should assess it, scan it. However it doesn’t look nice,” he mentioned.
The issue signifies that the Blues are more likely to undergo an important interval with out one in every of their most influential gamers.
The Blues host fifth place Tottenham at Stamford Bridge of their subsequent sport earlier than video games in opposition to Bayern Munich (Champions League), Bournemouth, Liverpool (FA Cup) and Everton comply with.
However what does historical past inform us about how Kante’s potential absence may have an effect on Chelsea in them video games?
The 2019/20 season is Kante’s third with the Blues since shifting from Leicester Metropolis in the summertime of 2016. He was a part of the Foxes title successful aspect of the 2015/16 marketing campaign.
Throughout that season, the Frenchman performed a component in all however one in every of Leicester’s video games, lacking simply the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
He was a significant a part of a crew who misplaced simply three video games in the course of the season, going onto win the Premier League by 10 clear factors. In the course of the marketing campaign, then assistant supervisor Craig Shakespeare joked that Leicester “performed three in midfield, Drinkwater within the center with Kante both aspect,” such was the affect of the midfielder.
Only one 12 months after shifting to the Premier League, Kante accomplished a £32 million transfer to Stamford Bridge, and the impact of the midfielder’s absence was felt on the King Energy Stadium for a while.
Having misplaced simply three video games the earlier season with Kante, Leicester began the 2016/17 season dropping three video games earlier than the tip of September. By February the Foxes discovered themselves in relegation bother, resulting in the sacking of title successful Claudio Ranieri.
Leicester tried to fill the opening left by Kante by bringing in Wilfred Ndidi from Genk in the course of the January window, and whereas outcomes did take an upturn in kind, anticipating an adolescent coming into the Premier League for the primary time to fill the position was unrealistic.
Ndidi has since gone onto develop into among the best defensive midfielders within the Premier League alongside Kante. It has been proven with Leicester’s current blip of their spectacular season amid the Nigerian’s knee harm.
It’s unlikely that Leicester would ponder promoting Ndidi with out demanding an enormous value, however ought to Kante’s harm worries persist, then Chelsea would do loads worse than to show to the 23-year-old.
Kante has proved himself to be simply as influential throughout his time at Chelsea. All of his three seasons on the membership have resulted in successful a chunk of silverware – The Premier League in 2017, the FA Cup in 2018 and the Europa League final season.
Ought to the midfielder be out for the long-term, the Blues can be hoping that his absence will not be felt fairly as a lot because it was at Leicester.