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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged France to ignore the services of midfielder N’Golo Kante during the forthcoming internationals.

The 28-year-old had been struggling with a knee injury at the start of the campaign and he has now sustained a fresh ankle sprain which saw him miss the recent Premier League clash at Norwich City.

Speaking in a press conference, Lampard said that Kante has been playing consistently over the past four years and that has somewhat happened the midfielder’s fitness. He added that it could be better off for the Frenchman to rest during the international break, although the final decision will be taken by Didier Deschamps ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

He said: “It is a difficult one. He has had four years of constantly playing. [The] injury from the Europa League final has affected his pre-season. Then he hurt himself against Man United. We are trying to get him through it. Today was too painful. The international break will be great for him to get the injury right. It would be great for everybody [if Kante stays] because he’s been playing game after game after game.”

Similarly for Chelsea, Kante has been a hugely influential figure for the national team and he played a crucial role during the World Cup triumph last summer. Les Bleus have winnable games against Albania and Andorra during the upcoming international break and Deschamps may consider resting the midfielder, should he not completely recover from the problem.

Meanwhile, the Blues have got the season off the mark with the maiden triumph under Lampard. They did not have the easiest of games against Norwich City on the road but made the most of the possession to secure a close 3-2 win in the end. Next up, they are scheduled to face Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.