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 worsened after a foul by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane that caused him to be substituted at half-time. The midfielder initially suffered the injury in warm-up training before the UEFA Super Cup earlier this month and was not involved in the Premier League season opener against Crystal Palace as a precautionary measure.
“He’s injured. He missed the Arsenal game with ankle pain and an inflammation, but obviously it wasn’t serious because he was back in training and started (against Liverpool),” said Tuchel.
“When winning the ball in this situation, the opponent fell on his ankle and twisted it again. He immediately had the same pain as before the Arsenal game and he lacked the strength to accelerate and we had to take him off.”
“Can there be more difficult challenges than taking a man down and taking out N’Golo Kante at halftime at Anfield and letting Liverpool play against the Kop? But we did a great job and are super happy … we” did deserves the point. “
Chelsea are second in the Premier League table as they face Aston Villa in the Premier League on September 11.
(Input from the agency)