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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Kante back fit for Chelsea

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has trained all week after passing out in the dressing room last Friday week.

Blues head coach Antonio Conte says the France midfielder is in contention to play in today's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace after missing last Sunday's loss at Manchester City as a precaution.

Kante was immediately tended to by doctors after fainting in the changing room following a training session in freezing temperatures in Surrey. And Conte insists there have been no ill-effects this week.

"N'Golo is fine," Conte said.

"He trained the whole week. He's in good form. He's fine.

"Last week, on Friday, it was very cold. After the training session he passed out briefly in the dressing room. The doctor brought him to have many check-ups, to understand his physical condition. But it was all clear."

Chelsea are fifth with nine games to go, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and seven adrift of third-placed Liverpool.

And Conte admits the Blues cannot afford to drop many points in the remaining games if they are to qualify for the Champions League. "The teams ahead of us are going with great velocity," Conte added.

"For this reason I think it's important for us don't lose points, don't drop points, in every game."

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