Frank Lampard unsure on Kante fitness ahead of Man Utd opener

Frank Lampard has admitted that he doesn’t know whether N’Golo Kante will be fit in time for the start of the season.

N'Golo Kante featured late for the Blues against Borussia Monchengladbach

Kante featured for the first time in pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach when he came off the bench in the Blues’ 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Despite the appearance, Lampard remained doubtful as to whether Kante will start at Old Trafford next Sunday.

Speaking to the media after their final pre-season stalemate, Lampard said it had “always been the plan” to give Kante 20 minutes at the end of the game.

He said: “He’s working a little bit now and it was just to give him the feeling of match time as he hasn’t been able to do that yet as it’s an awkward injury.

“I just wanted him to feel it and us to see it as you cannot replicate it unless you do it. It was a good opportunity to do that for him and we’ll work hard on getting him fit.

“Who knows if he’ll be ready for next week or not, but we’ll work hard for that.”

Chelsea travel to Manchester United on Sunday to kick-off their 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

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