N’Golo Kante is a doubt for the Europa League final after suffering an injury setback in training with Chelsea on Saturday.


N'Golo Kante
PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 29: N’Golo Kante of France in action during the International Friendly match between France and Russia held at Stade de France on March 29, 2016, in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Kante suffered a calf strain against Watford at the beginning of the month, but the signs were looking positive that he might be back in time to feature in the Europa League final next week. However, Goal now report that he’s suffered another setback in his road to recovery, taking a knock to his knee in training.

Goal don’t rule the midfielder out completely, only going as far as to say his involvement in the match ‘remains doubtful’. They do add that Maurizio Sarri will now have to start considering alternative options though, particularly as Jorginho has also suffered a recent knock and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rudiger are all out.

Kante has made 52 appearances for Chelsea this season, so he’s clearly a key part of their side. Whether he’s in the squad on the day or not, Arsenal will feel boosted by the fact that their opponents clearly aren’t at full fitness.

That’s not to say Arsenal don’t have injury problems of their own. The likes of Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are still missing, as well as Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez. Then Henrikh Mkhitaryan is absent due to the political tensions between his country and Azerbaijan, and Danny Welbeck has only recently returned to full match fitness.

Other than Mkhitaryan, those are all long-term problems though, so the team have already had some time to adapt.