Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has criticised France manager Didier Deschamps following midfielder N’Golo Kante returned from international duty.
Kante, who’s featured in only a few of the eight Premier League games of Chelsea through an injury-hit beginning to the season, hurt his groin throughout the warm-up for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland of France past Friday and was eliminated by the starting lineup.
Deschamps chose to keep the 28-year-old with the French team for the rest of the worldwide break, a decision that irked Lampard, who had engaged in a”light-hearted” back-and-forth using the France manager on striker Olivier Giroud’s lack of game-time in Stamford Bridge.
“Following the very first match when he pulled out he then had a fitness evaluation the day prior to the second game, it was clear that he could not play” Lampard said after ruling Kante from Chelsea’s match against Newcastle on Saturday.
“Then he sat on the bench on the evening of the match, so that’s not communication, therefore it is not such a laughing matter.”
“It’s more for Kante himself because he is not an inexperienced player, he’s been round the block, he has won World Cups, he’s been a great player so I think that might have been handled better for certain.
“Our doctors were speaking and there had been several times when things weren’t coming back to us as I’d expect them to come back. That’s exactly what I mean about communication.
“I understand when players are on international duty they’re their players such, however it was very evident that he was not match to play from our standpoint we’d have desired him back to work on him.”
Lampard confirmed that Chelsea are also without defenders Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger for your visit of Newcastle, but midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley are available.
Under the management of Lampard Chelsea recorded back-to-back Premier League successes before the global fracture.
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