FA Cup final: Fit N’Golo makes Thomas bullish
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has overcome a minor heel problem and will start Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester City, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Friday.
Kante was left out of Wednesday’s 0-1 Premier League defeat by Arsenal as a precaution and Tuchel said he is hopeful that the influential Frenchman can play the full 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium.
“We took the decision together to leave him out against Arsenal and give him treatment. It was pain management, not a huge injury,” Tuchel told reporters.
“It was nothing to be afraid of getting bigger. He trained on Thursday and today (Friday) fully, no complains. He’ll start tomorrow (Saturday) and hopefully finish the game for us.”
World Cup-winner Kante produced Man-of-the-Match displays in both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and has been key to their resurgence under Tuchel.
Chelsea face Manchester City in the final of Europe’s elite club competition on May 29.
Tuchel will also welcome back midfielder Mateo Kovacic for the run-in following a hamstring issue.