Kante Return ‘Fantastic’ For Resurgent Chelsea, Says Potter
Chelsea boss Graham Potter is looking forward to naming N’Golo Kante in his squad against Everton on Saturday for the first time since taking charge of the Blues.
Kante has been sidelined for seven months by a hamstring injury that required surgery.
The Frenchman’s last appearance for Chelsea came before Potter succeeded Thomas Tuchel as manager in September.
Chelsea have badly missed the presence of the 31-year-old defensive midfielder as they sit 10th in the Premier League and were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions by Manchester City.
But Kante could yet play a pivotal role in Chelsea’s challenge for the Champions League after being pitted against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
“There is a chance for him to be in the squad,” Potter said Friday.
“It would be the first time so it’s fantastic. Managers before me have spoken very highly of N’Golo because he’s a top, top player.
“He’s been a huge miss to us. That’s not to say the other players haven’t given absolutely everything because they have, but N’Golo Kante is N’Golo Kante. A top player.
“It’s great for us he’s back. We need to be mindful of the fact he’s had a long injury and we need to take the next steps to get him up to speed in the Premier League, which is what we’ll do.”
Three consecutive wins have eased the pressure on Potter’s position after a woeful run of two victories in Chelsea’s previous 15 games.