Kante back in training ahead of Chelsea's trip to Lille

Kante back in training ahead of Chelsea's trip to Lille

Kante back in training ahead of Chelsea's trip to Lille

"Everyone is working towards getting him regularly fit so he can play some continuous games and I am hoping that it is coming really soon because we obviously need him", said Lampard, who also defended Ross Barkley after the midfielder was filmed on a night out in Liverpool on Sunday. "That's not a problem".

"In the modern world, Liverpool is the least of my worries".

"From my point of view, as well, I like Ross". This morning he admitted to making a mistake. "I will take that one at face value and we move on".

The France global missed last Saturday's Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion because of a hamstring problem as his stop-start beginning to the season continued. If he can use them, he would much prefer to use them at home. "So we are positive that he will be fit to play", added Lampard.

"We will have to play, play and play". It was a harsh lesson in switching off for a second and losing a match at this level.

"He will go with a solid base I think for that reason". It's not the be all and end all, as in there are four more games after this.

Pulisic told us at weekend that it was "very frustrating" not playing a single minute across the last three Premier League games and their UCL opener against Valencia.

"It is not the be-all and end-all, we have to see it in the big picture, but it's a game we have to be ready for".

Quizzed over the issue ahead of Chelsea's midweek game in France, Lampard looked to close the matter and insisted Barkley hadn't done anything serious, although he admitted it was "naïve" of his player to have got himself into the avoidable situation.

Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy and ex-Swansea loan midfielder Renato Sanches could both be in Lille's team.

"I'm sure that experiences like tomorrow night will help them to grow and to improve and hopefully we can keep having these kind of nights for a long time".

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