Chelsea news: Frank Lampard annoyed at handling of N’Golo Kante – ‘Not a laughing matter’ | Football | Sport


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been left frustrated with the France national team for the way they have handled N’Golo Kante’s condition.

The Frenchman has had a host of injury problems this season which have seen him miss four Premier League matches.

It looked as if those issues were finally behind him though prior to the break, as Kante found the net against Liverpool and Southampton.

However the 28-year-old was forced to drop out of the Les Blues line up in the warm up against Iceland last Friday with an adductor strain.

He returned to light training two days later before being an unused substitute the following day in the 1-1 draw with Turkey.

Now Kante has been ruled out of tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle, leaving Lampard critical of former Chelsea midfielder and now France boss, Didier Deschamps.

“No, N’Golo is not fit. A small groin issue with France, he isn’t fit for Saturday,” Lampard said.

“We all have our selection problems, but the Kante one was not a laughing matter.

“We communicated before the first international break.

“It was clear that he wasn’t fit to play the second game and he sat on the bench.

“I think it could have been handled better.

“I understand that when a player is on international duty that they are their players, but it was clear that he wasn’t fit.”

It’s not the first time there have been tensions between the two bosses.

Last week Deschamps aimed a subtle dig at Lampard and his use of Olivier Giroud, who netted both goals for France over the international break.

“Lampard asked me not to pick Kante at the last rally,” Deschamps said.

“If it’s still that way, maybe I’ll call him later to tell him it would be nice if you play Olivier Giroud a little bit.”

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