In Summary
  • Kante came on in the second half of their Premier League opener but Lampard revealed another knock picked up at Old Trafford has left a question mark over the 28-year-old's presence at the Vodafone Park
  • Lampard also confirmed that Brazilian winger Willian and German centre-back Antonio Rudiger will start on the bench as they continue to recover fitness following spells on the sidelines
  • Lampard is eager to mark just his second competitive match in charge with a trophy, all the more so after losing this match as a Chelsea player in 2012 and 2013

ISTANBUL

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard was set to make a late decision on the fitness of N'Golo Kante for Wednesday's Uefa Super Cup clash with Liverpool in Istanbul, a match he is "optimistic" the London club can win.

The France midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury that saw him fly home early from the club's pre-season trip to Japan and meant he started on the bench in Sunday's 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

Kante came on in the second half of their Premier League opener but Lampard revealed another knock picked up at Old Trafford has left a question mark over the 28-year-old's presence at the Vodafone Park, home of Besiktas.

"The selection of N'Golo Kante on the bench was purely because he had an injury in pre-season. He wasn't ready for the game but I'm very aware of how important he is for us as a player," Lampard said.

"He also picked up another small injury in the game so we are assessing that with regards to tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Lampard also confirmed that Brazilian winger Willian and German centre-back Antonio Rudiger will start on the bench as they continue to recover fitness following spells on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, young duo Tammy Abraham (21) and Mason Mount (20) will hope to keep their places after starting at the weekend, with Lampard prepared to give youth a chance after a transfer ban prevented Chelsea from signing any new players in the close season.

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