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Lampard updates on Kante’s availability against Newcastle

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Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante is up and running but remains a doubt for the match against Newcastle.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has had a frustrating season so far after injuries have forced him to restrict his game time to only 14 Premier League matches so far.

Against Burnley last time out, Lampard announced that Kante was ready to be included in the squad. But after suffering from another hamstring issue just before the match, he was taken out of the team.

Chelsea now travel to St’ James’ Park to face Newcastle United in the league. And Lampard has once again assured that the Frenchman is fully fit and has been training with the first team.

“Yes [he is fit],” Lampard confirmed as per Football London.

“He’s had a few issues through the week. When I say yes I think it’s a decision I have to make with absolute certainty. But at the minute, it looks like he’s good to go.”

The Blues boss also updated on the health condition of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 23-year-old ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in Chelsea’s pre-season friendly match and has been out of action since then.

“It is actually really good for him, it lets him come in at a level but lets him find his feet,” Lampard added.

“And he will be tired because anyone out for that period of time is going to have problems with endurance and physical problems to get full match fitness.”