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Lampard gives N’Golo Kante injury update & responds to Jorginho absence

N’Golo Kante is a huge doubt for Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night after suffering a hamstring injury in their 3-0 victory over Watford.

Chelsea won the game comfortably with goals from Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley at the Bridge but their victory was marred by an injury to Kante, who had to be taken off with 12 minutes still left to play.

“N’golo has got a small hamstring (injury) which we’ll have to scan tomorrow (Sunday) and see how bad it is,” said Chelsea manager Lampard.

“We hope it’s small, that’s what I’ve been told so far. After the scan we’ll know but I’m guessing it’ll be a problem for Palace on Tuesday.”

Chelsea’s game against Crystal Palace is their first of three Premier League matches in just eight days. They will play Sheffield United on July 11 before facing Norwich three days later.

Billy Gilmour replaced N’Golo Kante, with Jorginho left sitting on the bench. The Itakian has not featured in any game for Chelsea since the League restart.

“Jorginho is in my plans and with N’Golo Kante, he got a small hamstring that we’ll scan tomorrow to see how bad it is,” Lampard said.

“We hope it’s small, that’s what I’ve been told so far but after the scan tomorrow we’ll know. I’m guessing it will be a problem for Palace on Tuesday.”

As for the blues display, Lampard said: “Three goals, clean sheet, a reaction to losing in midweek. I thought it was comfortable because we made it comfortable.

“We played well when we moved the ball quickly. We looked really good. When we slowed it down I wasn’t too happy but we made it comfortable, which was needed tonight.”

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