CHELSEA midfielder N’Golo Kante is ‘50-50’ to take on Arsenal in tonight’s Europa League final, manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed.
The France international has missed his side’s last two matches with a knee injury but may still be unable to feature in Baku.
Boss Sarri insisted he would give the former Leicester midfielder as much time as possible to prove his fitness, but admitted the 28-year-old World Cup-winner is touch and go.
Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley are set to line up for the Blues in midfield should Kante fail to recover in time.
‘Kante had a very little problem with his knee,’ said Sarri. ‘The problem is the timing. We are trying. It’s not really a very serious injury. We have the problem of the three, four days to try to recover him.
‘But at the moment we don’t know. We will try, until the last moment.
‘So we will try tomorrow but we don’t know at the moment. I think he is 50-50 at the moment.
‘Yesterday, (it was) 60-40 against, and now today 50-50. He was a little bit better this morning.
‘We are in trouble with the midfield. At the moment we have only three midfielders for three positions. So we are in trouble.
‘For us, N’Golo really is very important. He is the only defensive midfielder that we have. So for us Kante is really very important, we are trying to recover him.
‘We’ll try tomorrow morning. I hope to recover him because I know without N’Golo for us is a problem.’