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Chelsea lose Kante for Southampton clash

An update has emerged on a Chelsea star’s availability ahead of their clash with Southampton in the Premier League…

What’s the latest?

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss their clash with Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.

The Saints travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in search of their first win of the league campaign, with Kante now set to watch on from home as he enters self-isolation.

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Delight

Southampton fans will surely be delighted to read that Kante will not be facing up against their side this weekend for Chelsea. First and foremost, though, they will be hoping that Kante is healthy and not struggling with the illness, hopefully returning to action for the Blues once his quarantine period ends.

Kante is a top-class midfielder who could have caused a myriad of problems for Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. The French international was recently named UEFA Midfielder of the Year and has won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League during his time in England with Leicester and Chelsea.

Last season for the Blues, Kante averaged a whopping 4.6 tackles and interceptions per game, having managed 4.0 the year before. This shows how adept he is at winning the ball back off the opposition and breaking up attacks as they begin to develop.

Earlier this year, Thomas Tuchel hailed the ‘unique’ enforcer and said he finds it difficult to believe just how good he is. He said:

“You have everything that you need in midfield with work rate, intensity, ball wins, skilful play, off the ball, with the ball, dribbling and even a goal. I see this every day in training and it is hard to believe how good he is.

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“He doesn’t make a foul in ball wins. He plays excellent in every possession game in training. He is a unique guy. There’s no more words needed from me. N’Golo is N’Golo. He is fantastic.”

This illustrates the level of quality Kante is able to provide on the pitch for Chelsea, with Tuchel’s effusive praise being backed by his incredible defensive statistics in the Premier League. That is why Saints fans will be buzzing that they will not see their midfield players come up against the Frenchman on Saturday.

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