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Lampard waits on star after revealing fresh injury setback

Chelsea's chances of victory in Istanbul could well be hampered by the absence of Kante, who 11 weeks ago somehow overcame a knee injury to play the entirety of the 4-1 Europa League final win against Arsenal in Baku.

However, that issue has led to a disrupted pre-season for the France international, and he was named on the bench as Chelsea suffered a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United in their opening Premier League game on Sunday.

Lampard has also revealed the Frenchman picked up a fresh knock after coming off the bench at Old Trafford and there is a chance he could sit out tonight.

The selection of N'Golo Kante on the bench was purely because he had an injury which caused him to miss a big part of pre-season and his off-season because he was injured throughout," Lampard said.

So, he wasn't ready for the game - but I'm aware of how important he is to us. He also picked up another small injury in the game which again is a danger if you try to bring players in, so we are assessing that ahead of the game.

"We need to make a decision on him. He has a small injury which we are concerned about and we will have to decide with him on that this evening. Can he play or not? He's had a very broken pre-season.

Kante trained with the rest of group at Besiktas Park on the eve of the game, as did Willian and Antonio Rudiger who Lampard felt was important to have with the group as they continue their road to full fitness.

A number of young talents were also involved on the eve of the Super Cup and Lampard vowed to continue to put his trust in youth, despite a harsh lesson for the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham against Manchester United.

"With regards to picking inexperienced or experienced teams, I completely pick the best team I see to win the game regardless of age," he said. "I think it's very important to have a competitive team.

"Yes, if young players are showing what they can do in training and deserve their chance - for example, Mason Mount deserves his chance completely on merit as opposed to age I will have no fears to play young players because it's important for a club like Chelsea that we do that."

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