N'Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is a doubt for the UEFA Super Cup showdown with Liverpool, head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed.

N’Golo Kante

Lampard says the 28-year-old sustained another minor problem in that match and is therefore facing a race to be ready for the meeting with Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday.

“Kante was purely because he had an injury. I am very aware of how important he is,” Lampard told a news conference, speaking about the former Leicester City star’s omission from his last starting line-up.

“He picked up another small injury in the game, so we are assessing that.”

Wednesday represents a chance for Lampard to win his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss in the form of a trophy he did not manage to lift in his playing career, having been beaten 4-1 by Atletico Madrid in the 2012 match and by Bayern Munich on penalties a year later.