Sounds like he’s close to a return for Chelsea.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested N’Golo Kante could be close to making his comeback from injury in the next few games ahead of a crucial clash with Manchester United.
The Telegraph reported earlier this month that the France international would likely miss most of October, but possibly be in line to come back against United on the 5th of November.
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Conte has now been quoted as saying Kante is ‘ready’ to play soon after making good recent progress, though it remains to be seen if he will be immediately rushed back for upcoming fixtures against Bournemouth and Roma.
‘He’s progressing well,’ Conte is quoted in the Metro.
‘I am happy, I saw him in a good physical condition.
‘We need to keep calm and find the right moment to put him in the team. Now it will be very easy to tell him to play.
‘We must pay attention and to find the best solution for him. He’s ready.’
Kante – sorely missed by Chelsea
Chelsea have struggled without Kante in midfield, with the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater also struggling with their fitness in recent games.
This saw the Blues go three games without a win as they lost to Manchester City, Crystal Palace and then drew with Roma, though they have since bounced back with victories over Watford and Everton.
Still, a player as important as Kante will surely be needed if Chelsea are to beat United when they visit Stamford Bridge in just over a week’s time.
The France international scored twice against the Red Devils last season to help Chelsea beat them in both the league and FA Cup, and ended the season with the PFA Player of the Year award for his tremendous contribution to the west Londoners’ successful campaign.