Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante for the Europa League final on Wednesday evening after he picked up a knee injury in training over the weekend.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge on May 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge on May 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

N’Golo Kante suffered a twisted knee as his side trained on Saturday and has been ruled out of the game in Baku.

Kante’s injury leaves Maurizio Sarri with a major headache in midfield with Ruben Loftus-Cheek already ruled out with a ruptured Achilles tendon. He will be out for around six months.

Kante had been on the comeback trail from a hamstring injury that had put his final participation in doubt. Although he looked set to win that race, this latest problem has ended his dream.

Sarri will have only three fit central midfielders available in Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley.

At the time of writing there is no indication how long Kante will be out for but the Daily Mail report that Chelsea medics are concerned that he faces a significant time on the sidelines.

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