Frank Lampard confirmed N’Golo Kante will miss the trip to Leicester after failing to recover from his hamstring injury. The Blues take on a high flying Leceister, who are currently third in the table after their win against Southampton on Saturday.
Chelsea returned to winning ways after a poor run of results by defeating Fulham in a London derby on Saturday. Although the Blues laboured to their victory, the win provided a much needed confidence to the team after the demolition by Manchester City.
Lampard confirmed Kante will miss the trip to his former club due to the hamstring injury, while Christensen is available after suffering a knock against Aston Villa. The Blues manager added “Christensen is available but N’Golo unfortunately isn’t. His hamstring is not quite ready for this one and those are the two of note to report on.”
On Drinkwater’s loan move to Kasimpasa
Lampard admitted it was good for the midfielder to get some game time and added “It’s great for Danny to go and play for himself and get some games. I’m not considering getting players out to bring in at this point. I’m just trying to make sure the balance of the squad is right.”
On Mason Mount’s performance
The England international put in a man-of-the-match performance against Fulham and scored the only goal of the game. Despite the big money arrivals in summer, Mount has been one of the most consistent performers for Chelsea, and Lampard praised the midfielder for his contributions.
“I’m not sure how anybody could really criticise him of late. In the modern world, it’s really easy to hear them even if you don’t use social media and I felt that last season as well.”
“He’s the type of midfielder who does so much great work for the team off the ball, which maybe for the naked eye is not as exciting as an overhead kick or a triple stepover. He does the basics well, he moves the ball so quickly, he’s a great team-mate and we’ve seen recently that he scores goals and finds assists.”
“The critics are wrong, there’s no doubt about that. Anyone who understands or knows about football and watches Mason Mount play understands what an incredible talent he is. He’s just turned 22 – imagine when he’s 25 or 27.”
On Chelsea’s form
Chelsea are currently 7th in the table after winning just two of their last seven games, and are eight points adrift leaders Manchester United. Speaking on Chelsea’s recent poor run, Lampard said “We just need to consider the games in front of us, try to win them and steadily push ourselves up the table.”
“We’re not in a bad position, we’ve had a short bad period of form but if we can put wins together this month then the picture will change as it has done already very quickly this season.”