Frank Lampard has revealed N’Golo Kante is in contention to face Southampton on Sunday after coming through unscathed in midweek.
The midfielder returned the starting line-up for the first time since Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool – a match in which he scored in – and played the full 90 minutes at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Wednesday.
It has been an injury-hit start to the campaign for Kante, who has played just three Premier League games, but Lampard has said he should be fine for the trip to St Mary’s.
“It’s something we’ll have to watch over the next 24, 48 hours to make sure he’s okay,” said Lampard at his press conference.
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“All the players are on a semi-recovery programme after the Lille game but it’s also the fact he hasn’t played much.
“In terms of the injury, he’s fine and there was no fallout with that from the Lille game so it’s just about making sure he’s fit and ready, which is a call for me to make.”
Four Chelsea players have been called into the England squad for the upcoming fixtures against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Ross Barkley, Mason Mount Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham and Lampard spoke of his delight.
“Very happy. I think it is well deserved, scoring goals regularly. His form is really good. Natural progression. Delighted for him. He is a proud lad and proud to get a call up,” Lampard said of Abraham.
“He can score at international level, I don’t want to put too much pressure on his shoulders. He is still a young player. Naturally he has all the attributes to be successful, but it is another step for him. He has the attitude to take that challenge He will see there are great strikers in that squad.
“I am delighted for Tomori. Mason and Tammy have taken headlines, but Tomori, having seen him turn up at Derby, to see him play the full season last year and then to come here and some people might doubt him. He has shown great qualities and he has been a dream day in and day out.”