Chelsea key man ruled out of Arsenal clash after sustaining injury in training

Chelsea have suffered a major injury blow as N’Golo Kante is set to miss the Europa League final against Arsenal after picking up a knee injury in training, according to The Guardian.

Maurizio Sarri | Talk Chelsea

The Blues take on Premier League rivals Arsenal in Azerbaijan on Wednesday night and Kante was due to start in the middle of the park after recovering from a hamstring injury that had kept him out in recent weeks.

The Frenchman had returned to full training last week and Maurizio Sarri was planning to have Kante available for the Europa League final in Baku but it seems those plans have now been dashed by this latest setback.

According to The Guardian, Kante twisted his knee while making a routine challenge during a practice game at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Saturday afternoon and limped off the pitch in some discomfort.

The midfielder will be further assessed by the Chelsea medical team to determine the full extent of the injury but the newspaper says Kante is expected to be ruled out of Wednesday night’s showdown with Arsenal.

Chelsea’s squad will fly out to Baku on Monday afternoon and it appears unlikely Kante will be on the plane with the rest of the first team so Sarri is going to have to come up with a solution quickly.

Now this sets Sarri to be without four important players if Kante does miss out as Chelsea look to end a frustrating campaign with some silverware with victory over Arsenal in midweek.

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