N’Golo Kante of Chelsea, who has been sidelined for seven months with a hamstring injury, might finally be able to return in the forthcoming encounter at Stamford Bridge against Everton. This would enable Chelsea manager Graham Potter to finally unleash Kylian Mbappe, who has been out of commission for some time.
Unfortunately, due to his frequent injuries, Chelsea supporters have become accustomed to seeing N’Golo Kante leave the field with a ginger walk. The main concern was how long he would be gone, and the frustration and disappointment did not abate.
A seven-month hiatus was not something that even the most gloomy supporters could have foreseen.
During this time, there have been significant changes at Chelsea and in the football world. Thomas Tuchel has left, and Graham Potter has taken over as manager. The World Cup has been held, and the tournament has expanded.
The Blues have struggled in the Premier League but have managed to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Kante has been going through a drawn-out healing process since having hamstring surgery in October. The majority of the 31-year-recovery old’s work was done in secret at Cobham, and he didn’t return to the practice field until early January, though he made careful, gradual progress.
Chelsea meticulously monitored Kante’s return to the field over the course of the subsequent eight weeks in order to prevent any potential setbacks. The team understood the value of being patient during the midfielder’s recovery, since hurrying him back from injuries in the past under previous head coaches had not worked and had actually been detrimental to Kante’s health.
This time, there is trust that Kante has been managed carefully and with attention to every aspect. Prior to the game against Leeds United, he resumed full training, although he didn’t take part. Also, he did not play against his previous team Leicester City on Saturday and was left off the roster for the pivotal Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund.
Potter stated last week that “Everton” was one of our possible goals. Unsurprisingly, that led to excitement growing among Chelsea supporters. Even if Kante doesn’t make the replacements’ bench this weekend, his inclusion in the matchday squad will be a major boost going into the international break.
It’s crucial to remember that Kante’s injury has prevented Graham Potter from selecting the midfielder during his time at Chelsea. Like he did during Chelsea’s run to the 2021 Champions League under Tuchel, Kante has previously demonstrated to be a game-changer, capable of transforming a decent team into a brilliant one.
Kante hasn’t played this season due to injury, but there is hope that he will have a key part to play. After the international break, Chelsea will play their quarterfinal encounter. While they have not yet determined their opponents, no club will be viewed as unbeatable with a completely healthy and rested Kante in the midfield. Previously, Tuchel contrasted Kante’s contribution to the team is highlighted by comparing his importance to that of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Also, the potential of Kante teaming up with Enzo Fernandez, Chelsea’s club-record acquisition from Benfica who came in January, is intriguing.
Kante’s current contract expires in the summer, and it has yet to be addressed. Although there have been conversations about extending his time at Stamford Bridge, no formal deal has yet been made. Whatever the case, getting Kante back on the pitch is of utmost importance.
On Saturday, the long-awaited moment may finally come, and Chelsea supporters will be eager to witness what Kante can do for the squad once more.