Blues travel to Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening and the English manager is set to be without influential midfielder N’Golo Kante due to injury. In turn, they can ill-afford any further slip-ups, and they’ll have to try and avoid one in midweek without France international being at Frank’s disposal as he’s been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
The London giants bounced back from their disappointing defeat to rivals West Ham United with win over Watford at the weekend, as they still hold a slender two-point lead over Man United in the ongoing battle for the UCL qualification.
It’s added that N’Golo sustained the problem during the win at the weekend as he was forced off in the latter stages, and subsequent scans have led to the decision that he can’t feature with Crystal Palace while he’ll be a doubt to face Sheffield United on the weekend too.
Given Kante’s energy, work-rate and influence in midfield on and off the ball, it will be a big loss for the London club who can’t risk dropping points between now and the end of the campaign as it could be crucial in the race for a top-four finish.
It has been a difficult campaign for the 29-year-old midfielder though as he has been bothered by injury issues regularly as he has already missed nine PL matches and is seemingly set to sit out again this week.
Time will tell who steps in for him, as Frank Lampard does have options in that department with either Jorginho or Billy Gilmour likely to be the two more obvious options given their ability to play in that role in front of the back-line.