Kante was injured in preparation for the UEFA Super Cup win over Villarreal in Belfast, but was able to play all 60 minutes of Wednesday’s game before being replaced by Jorginho.
He undertook salvage work at Cobham the next day and started the training session held on Friday to prepare for Palace’s visit to Stamford Bridge.
However, Kante was not feeling 100% and the decision was made by Tuchel and the Chelsea medical team to leave him out of the matchday squad for the Blues’ Premier League opener, that they won 3-0 thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah.
“N’Golo felt an ankle discomfort yesterday (Friday),” Tuchel said after Chelsea’s victory over the Eagles yesterday.
“He felt it during the warm-up for the Super Cup match against Villarreal and he played a bit with the pain, overcame it. But yesterday he felt it again and we decided to take our responsibilities and withdraw him so as not to take any. risks at the start of the season.
“N’Golo should be back in the middle of the week and ready for Arsenal. “
Kante’s absence left the Chelsea midfielder understaffed, which was only exacerbated by Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s omission from the Matchday’s squad.
Tuchel confirmed that the decision had been withdrawn from him, the midfielder being excluded, having tested positive for Covid-19.
He said: “With Ruben, the rumor is true; he had a positive test result Thursday or Friday. He is isolated and follows protocol. ”
For those who played an important part of the victory against Palace, today was all about rest and recovery. For the rest of the senior players there was an organized friendly against Weymouth.
Chelsea beat the non-league team 13-0 at Cobham, with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi all on the scoresheet.
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The first team will have their day off tomorrow before returning to training on Tuesday to prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next weekend.
And there will be a player integrated into the group: the signing of the club record Romelu Lukaku.
“We are waiting for Romelu to come out of quarantine on Monday and Tuesday, he will be able to participate in the team’s training,” Tuchel said yesterday afternoon.
“We will prepare him for Arsenal and I hope he can be on the pitch. “