BREAKING! N'Golo Kante is traveling to Baku

Chelsea have not given up hope of N’Golo Kanté playing a part in Wednesday’s Europa League final despite the midfielder missing training on Monday to undergo treatment on a knee injury sustained over the weekend.

N'Golo Kante | 90Min

Kanté is due to travel to Baku on with the squad on Monday afternoon and his fitness will be closely monitored before a decision is made as to whether he plays against Arsenal, with Ross Barkley standing by to step in.
The France international, who had only just recovered from a minor hamstring complaint which ruled him out of Chelsea’s previous two matches, twisted a knee while making a challenge in a session on Saturday.

Although initial impressions of his prospects had been far from positive, the injury appeared to have settled by the time the player reported back to the training ground late on Sunday afternoon to be assessed by the medical department.

He drove himself into the Cobham complex again on Monday and was apparently moving freely enough, though he sat out the team’s final session before their departure for Azerbaijan and remains a major doubt for the final.

Chelsea’s options for the game at the Olympic Stadium have already been limited after Antonio Rüdiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were ruled out with long-term injuries over the run-in.

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