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N’Golo Kante returns

Ahead of Saturday’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion, Thomas Tuchel admitted that N’Golo Kante was likely to miss tomorrow’s clash with Porto due to a hamstring injury suffered while on international duty with France.

“Yes, probably,” Tuchel replied on Friday when asked whether Kante would be absent for the first leg. “He is doing individual training and tomorrow the game and he can’t be with the squad.

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“Then we have just three days to prepare. We have a muscle injury, as we communicated with the national team. So my realistic approach is to think about Porto, maybe the second game against Porto.”

“Then we have just three days to prepare. We have a muscle injury, as we communicated with the national team. So my realistic approach is to think about Porto, maybe the second game against Porto.”

Kante’s absence was keenly felt on Saturday. After going down to ten men against West Brom, the Blues shipped five goals to the side that sits 19th in the Premier League table.

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It’s why Chelsea fans will be delighted by the fact that Kante was with the rest of the first-team group for their final training session before flying out to Spain.

Tuchel will give a full update on his fitness later this afternoon and if the 30-year-old is ready to face Porto, it will be a huge boost for their chances of reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

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Against West Brom, the American star scored his first Chelsea goal since December. But shortly before the half-time interval, he suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to continue in the second period.


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