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Kante forced off against Liverpool: Tuchel offers injury update

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The French workhorse could last only for the first 45 minutes in Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash at Anfield.

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed N’Golo Kante aggravated an existing ankle problem during Chelsea’s 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool.

Kante was named in Chelsea’s starting XI to face Liverpool but was subbed off at half-time, with Reece James coming on to replace him.

Aftrer a challenge from Sadio Mane, the 2020-21 Champions League Midfielder of the Season suffered a recurrence of an issue that had forced him to miss the trip to Arsenal last week.

“He is injured,” Tuchel informed of Kante’s condition during his post-match press conference.

“He missed the Arsenal game because of some pain in the ankle and some inflammation, but it was nothing serious obviously because he was back in training and he started today.

“In winning the ball in this situation I think the opponent fell on his ankle and he twisted it again and he had immediately the same pain he had before the Arsenal game and he was lacking force to accelerate and we had to take him off.

“Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down and taking N’Golo Kante off at the same time at half-time at Anfield and having Liverpool playing towards the Kop? It’s a pretty tough one but we did excellent and I’m super happy with how we did and we feel like we deserved a point very well.”