By Press Association Reporter
Published: 15:43 BST, 23 July 2019 | Updated: 16:02 BST, 23 July 2019
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard remains hopeful that N'Golo Kante will be fit 'very soon' after sending the midfielder home from Japan for treatment.
The 28-year-old has been struggling with a knee injury he picked up on the eve of Chelsea's 4-1 Europa League final win over Arsenal in May and faces a race against time to recover for the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Kante is yet to feature for Lampard's side during pre-season and the decision was taken to send the France international home before Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Rakuten Cup friendly clash in Saitama.
N'Golo Kante travelled with Chelsea on their pre-season tour but failed to find fitness in Japan
'He is okay,' Lampard said in his