N’Golo Kante manages just 25 minutes in Chelsea’s final training session before Europa League final Sean KearnsTuesday 28 May 2019 7:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link391Shares Advertisement Kante did not participate in the main training session (Picture: Getty)‘I think it’s 50-50 at the moment. 50-50. Yesterday, 60-40 for ‘no’. Today 50-50. He was a little bit better this morning. But 50-50,’ said Sarri.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Sarri was speaking before the club’s final training session and Kante’s omission from the main group makes him a major doubt for the final.Kante warmed up by himself before taking part in some of the session with the rest of his team-mates.However, after just 25 minutes Kante headed down the tunnel with fitness coach Paolo Bertelli and did not come back out to feature in the remainder of the session.Should Kante fail to prove his fitness, Sarri is likely to pick a midfield three of Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.MORE: Manchester United should sign Harry Maguire, says Teddy Sheringham N’Golo Kante is a major doubt for the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is a major doubt for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal after managing just 25 minutes of the club’s final warm-up session.The Frenchman has been struggling with a hamstring injury for the last month and was initially ruled out of the game.However, he was an unexpected traveller on the flight to Baku and that inclusion raised hopes with Chelsea fans that the midfielder would be fit.Speaking on Wednesday Maurizio Sarri revealed that Kante was ’50/50′ to be fit and the Italian admitted the midfielder’s chances had improved from the day before.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment
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