Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that key senior players N’Golo Kante and Pedro will be assessed in the coming days, with the international break after the next round of fixtures a potential blessing.

Kante has struggled with different injuries since the end of last season and was forced to miss the 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday after also only being fit enough for the bench when Chelsea faced Manchester United on the opening weekend of the new campaign.

Pedro, meanwhile, had played every minute this season until missing the Norwich game. The Spanish World Cup winner has been an important player for Lampard after only being something of a bit-part rotation option under former boss Maurizio Sarri.

“Pedro picked up a hamstring injury and we will assess the severity of it over the next couple of days, but I think it will be tough for him to be back for next week at first glance,” Lampard said of Pedro’s absence in the wake of the weekend’s first win of the season,

“We obviously then have the international break, so that might help, but we will be trying to get him back as quickly as possible because he’s an important player.”
As for Kante, Lampard added that the international break could also be important in giving the French international extra time off in order to fully recover.

“It’s a difficult one with N’Golo because he’s had four years of constant playing,” the boss said.

“We knew he had that injury from the Europa League final last season, which affected his pre-season, and then he picked up an ankle injury last week. He’s trying and we are trying to get him through it, but the [Norwich] game just came too quickly and he was in too much pain.