Mason Mount limped off with an ankle injury in Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Ajax last night in the Champions League.
Although Frank Lampard hoped that it was nothing serious, The Independent have reported that Mount will go for a scan and is likely to miss the next round of England matches on the international break.
In reality this is probably a good thing for Mount, the 20-year old has played a lot of minutes for Chelsea so far this season and the energy he uses in games is intense. a little rest and reset might just do him the world of good.
Another thing the injury has done, is avoid Frank Lampard having a massive selection headache for the next two or three Premier League matches.
The Blues face Crystal Palace at the weekend and Kante will slot straight in to replace the suspended Jorginho alongside Mateo Kovacic as the two deeper midfielders.
After the international break, with Mount still likely to need more recovery time, Jorginho will return and Kante will push on a little in a midfield three with Kovacic.
This avoids the dilemma of having to forcibly drop anyone to bring Kante back in, and it also see’s Chelsea playing their best performing and highest rated midfielders together for the next two or three matches at least.
Once Mount is back fully fit, he is likely to be joined also by a returning and eager Ruben Loftus-Cheek – this is when the dilemma really starts for Lampard.
How do you fit all that talent into the same line up? Rotation? Well, only if Chelsea start to lose games. Lampard is keen to keep the same players in his line up when he is on a good streak and has built up momentum.
So, for one or two of these top talents, it might very well be a waiting game…