Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri confirmed that midfielder N’Golo Kante is facing a race against time to play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The French midfielder was taken off at half-time in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Burnley on Monday, having scored his side’s second equaliser.
The former Leicester City ace hurt his ribs after a collision with Burnley defender James Tarkowski.
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“We are trying to recover Kante but I am not sure at the moment,” Sarri said, although he hopes for better news with defender Antonio Rudiger.
Assistant manager Zola revealed after the Burnley match that Kante had struggled for breath as a result of the incident.
“N’Golo was taken down on the counter and, as he fell, he fell on the foot of a player, so he had a contusion in his ribs,” Zola said.
“He couldn’t breathe totally. That’s why he came off. He’ll be alright, nothing serious.”
Sarri confirmed the crunch tie against the Red Devils is a must-win encounter as they strive to secure Champions League football.
“The match is clear in this moment, it is a very, very important match, more than important for our target,” Sarri told the Daily Mail.
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“We will try to win of course but we need not lose. It is a very difficult match for both. We play an opponent with a very high level of motivation after the Manchester derby.
“We have two very important targets for our season, the first is top four and second is the Europa League final. For the first target, this match is very important.”