Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has criticised France manager Didier Deschamps after midfielder N’Golo Kante returned from duty with the injury.
Kante, who’s featured in just a few of Chelsea’s eight Premier League games during an injury-hit start to the summer, hurt his groin throughout the warm-up for the Euro 2020 qualifier from Iceland of France Friday and was eliminated from the starting lineup.
Deschamps opted to maintain the 28-year-old with the French squad for the rest of the global break, a conclusion that irked Lampard, who had lately engaged in a”light-hearted” back-and-forth using the France manager on striker Olivier Giroud’s lack of game-time in Stamford Bridge.
“Following the first match when he pulled out he then had a fitness evaluation the day before the second match, it was obvious that he could not play,” Lampard said after judgment Kante out of Chelsea’s match against Newcastle on Saturday.
“Then he sat on the seat on the day of the game, so that is not communicating, so it is not such a laughing matter.”
“It’s much more for Kante himself because he’s not an amateur player, he has been around the block, he’s won World Cups, he’s been a wonderful player, therefore I think that might have been treated better for sure.
“Our doctors were speaking and there were several times when things weren’t coming back to us since I’d expect them to return. That is exactly what I mean about communication.
“I understand when players are on international responsibility they’re their gamers as such, but it was quite apparent that he wasn’t fit to play so from our point of view we’d have desired him back to focus on him.”
Lampard confirmed that Chelsea will be without defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger for your trip of Newcastle, but Ross Barkley and midfielders Mateo Kovacic are readily available.
Chelsea recorded Premier League victories below Lampard’s direction to climb just two points behind second-placed Manchester City.
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