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'Hopefully he will be back with us very soon': Frank Lampard optimistic that N'Golo Kante is close to returning as Chelsea midfielder battles to be fit for start of the Premier League season N'Golo Kante has been out with a knee injury for Chelsea since the end of May The midfielder was sent home from the Blues' pre-season tour of Japan Boss Frank Lampard believed it was more beneficial to train with club back home Lampard will speak with the club doctor over Kante's fitness at end of the week 

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 15:43 BST, 23 July 2019 | Updated: 16:02 BST, 23 July 2019

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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

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

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