N’Golo Kante will not be available to face Crystal Palace this week, Frank Lampard has said.
Lampard recently revealed that the Frenchman is out due to a hamstring injury.
According to him, Kante will not be in the squad but it is a low-level hamstring that should heal as soon as possible.
He added that Jorginho has been professional about being dropped as expected, and he is happy he has a player like him as support when first teamers are out.
His words, “Kante won’t be in the squad. He has hurt his hamstring. It’s a low-level hamstring [injury], so we’re hoping it is a week or so out.
“[Mateo] Kovacic trained with us today but he is not ready for this game, hopefully the next. Tomori is still not ready. He had a small setback in training. Hopefully he is back next week.”
“We’ll play that one as it goes but I would expect we’d be very lucky to have him for Sheffield United.”
On Jorginho, “He has been very professional about it. He wants to play as every player does. It is one of the hardest parts of the job telling a player who is not playing, or picking a squad and leaving out players, particularly when they are training well and Jorginho always trains well.
“He has handled it professionally and that’s what I would expect. It is important for players in a long season, with the competitive squad that we have, that they are there to support players when they are out, and he has done that. So we will see with my selection tomorrow.
“I don’t want to go into the personal details of positions and tactics. I just have to pick a team as I see best. They are just my choices.”