N’Golo Kante ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final

N’Golo Kante will not be featuring for Chelsea this weekend as the Blues will take on Manchester United in the semi-finales of the Emirates FA Cup. Frank Lampard confirmed that the French midfielder has not returned to full fitness after he sustained an injury last week, missing Chelsea’s last three games.

“Overall the squad is ok,” said Lampard on Friday. “N’Golo Kante won’t be fit for the match though. He’s still not quite right, so he’s out for Sunday. We have a few other players that have a few little niggles and we will be monitoring them over next 24 hours or so.” Chelsea could use Sunday to extra motivate his squad and put a dent in United’s confidence with two crucial games in the Premier League to play next week.

A win will surely motivate Lampard’s side in securing a spot in next season’s Champions League. The Blues have games with Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers as they fight with both Leicester City and Manchester United for the remaining two Champions League spots. The winner of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final will face the winner of the other semi-final between Arsenal and Manchester City.