Chelsea and Manchester United have fresh injury concerns ahead of the return of the Premier League next week after two players limpred out of games on international duty.
Chelsea have already been dealt the blow that Alvaro Morata faces six weeks in the sidelines, and now they have doubts over midfield dynamo, N’Golo Kante. Kante stayed down during Saturday’s victory over Bulgaria after a tackle from Spas Delev, and was eventually replaced by PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot. As Kante left the field, it looked as though the energetic Frenchman had injured his hamstring.
He will have the injury assessed before flying back to London later this week to rejoin the Chelsea squad, but whether he will be able to play at the weekend is in doubt. Kante was an integral part to Chelsea’s title winning side last season, and has played every minute of Premier League football for the Blues this season so far.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also sweating over the fitness of one of their important midfielders. Following the hamstring injury to Paul Pogba last month, Marouane Fellaini has been the man to step into the £89m man’s boots. Mourinho told the media last week that Pogba is expected to be out ‘long term’.
Now, he will be concerned about his replacement after the Belgium landed awkwardly during the World Cup qualifier against Bosnia. The 29-year-old went down during the first half, with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez claiming they fear that there could be some damage to his knee ligament.
A few years ago, United fans probably wouldn’t have cared less if Fellaini suffered an injury, but his excellent form under Jose Mourinho has propelled him to be an integral player in the Manchester United squad. He has already scored four goals this season, including two in the club’s last game against Crystal Palace.
United face Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday, while Chelsea travel across London to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.