- Antonio Conte casts doubt on N’Golo Kante playing against AFC Bournemouth.
- Italian adds that he is risking Kante getting injured by playing him so frequently.
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Antonio Conte has revealed that N’Golo Kante is unlikely to be risked for Chelsea against AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday night, report the Metro.
Kante has been influential in all of Chelsea’s success since his arrival at the Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016. Last campaign he became the first player ever to win back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs, and picked up the PFA, FWA and PL player of the year accolades following a stellar campaign.
The Frenchman will likely play a major part in whatever success Chelsea enjoy this term, but it does not appear as though he will be involved in our Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with AFC Bournemouth.
Though this is, by some distance, our best chance of winning a trophy this season, it does not appear to be Conte’s top priority, with the Italian revealing that Kante will likely be left out of Wednesday’s game.
Conte is quoted by the Metro revealing:
“We need to give opportunities to players who aren’t playing regularly. It’s also very difficult for your players to play every game.”
“Kante has played 10 games in a row. If you do this you take a great risk with injuries.”
It is probably a good idea to wrap Kante up in cotton wool ahead of the busy Christmas period. Chelsea face in-form Everton on Saturday afternoon in what promises to be a tough contest.