N’Golo Kante injury leaves Frank Lampard with Jorginho decision
Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante will miss Chelsea’s game at Crystal Palace because of the hamstring strain he suffered against Watford.
Kante came off in the second of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Watford and scans showed he has what Lampard has described as a “low-level” injury.
The France midfielder has been ruled out of Tuesday’s trip to Selhurst Park and is also likely to miss Saturday’s visit to Sheffield United.
Lampard said: “Kante will not be in the squad. He hurt his hamstring, [it is a] low-level hamstring injury.
“We are hoping it is going to be a week or so. We are going to see how it goes but I would suspect we would be very lucky to have him for Sheffield United.”
Kante’s absence could present an opportunity for Jorginho, who has not played a single minute for Chelsea since the restart.
Jorhinho hope of starting the match
With N’Golo Kante out with a hamstring injury, Frank Lampard will decide whether to bring Jorginho back in from the cold or start Billy Gilmour at the base of the Chelsea midfield against Crystal Palace.
Jorginho has not had a minute of action since the restart but Lampard has said the Italian has trained well as he seeks a return to the team.
Gilmour’s only start since the restart was in the FA Cup at Leicester when he was substituted at half-time.
Olivier Giroud is set to lead the line once again ahead of Tammy Abraham after his goal against Watford.
Mateo Kovacic and Fikayo Tomori remained sidelined through injury.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea preview
Crystal Palace and Chelsea face off in a London derby on Tuesday evening with five rounds of the Premier League season remaining.
Out-of-form Crystal Palace welcome a Chelsea side chasing Champions League football in a London derby at Selhurst Park.
The hosts go into the match having lost their last three games, whereas Chelsea made an immediate return to winning ways against Watford on Saturday.
Chelsea look in good shape to qualify for the Champions League, with Frank Lampard’s Blues sitting fourth in the table and a point off third-placed Leicester City.
As for their opponents, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles were dreaming of Europe until a run of three straight defeats saw them tumble to 14th place – and while the threat of relegation is over, the south London club need a strong finish to the campaign.
Chelsea predicted lineup 1 (4-3-3)
: Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Gilmour, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Chelsea possible starting lineup 2:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Date, time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 6pm BST kick-off on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
The match will be behind closed doors at Selurst Park with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
Palace will be without Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins (thigh), but Martin Kelly (calf) has an outside chance of returning.
Fikayo Tomori (fitness) and Mateo Kovacic (calf) are sidelined for Chelsea, while N’Golo Kante (thigh) is also expected to miss out.