Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that midfielder N’Golo Kante is only ’50-50′ to play in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal due to a knee injury.
The French star will be given every chance to prove his fitness, but the game in Baku may come too soon as the Blues deal with several injuries in midfield.
In training on Tuesday, Kante spent nearly the entire open session training alone with a fitness coach and then went down the tunnel before the rest of his team-mates.
Sarri has said that the injury, which was suffered in training on Saturday, is not serious, but the 28-year-old still may be forced out of the match at the Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan’s capital.
“Kante had a little problem on Saturday, a very little problem within his knee,” Sarri told a news conference on Tuesday.
“The problem is the timing because we had only four days. We are trying. It’s not really a very serious injury. We have the problem of the three or four days to try and recover him.
“At the moment we don’t know. We will try. We will try to the last moment, so we will try tomorrow. But we don’t know at the moment.”
When asked to asses Kante’s chances of playing, Sarri said:
“I think it’s 50-50 at the moment. Yesterday, 60-40 for ‘no’. Today 50-50. He was a little bit better this morning. But 50-50.”