Chelsea will be without midfielder N’Golo Kante for Tuesday’s Champions League group game at AC Milan.
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Kante has not travelled to Italy after suffering a reaction to an existing hamstring injury in training. The French World Cup winner has not played since the 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham on 14 August.
‘N’Golo Kante, we are just waiting — he has had a reaction in training so we are just waiting on the news from that,’ said Potter. ‘It’s certainly not ideal and it’s disappointing for him and for us. We have to wait and see the extent of it and go from there.’
The 31-year-old France international ‘N’ Golo Kante has not played since mid-August after sustaining a hamstring injury and Potter was hopeful of having his midfield maestro available soon. Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech will also be missing for Chelsea at the San Siro through illness.
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Red Bull Salzburg currently lead Group E on five points, with Chelsea and Milan, who they beat 3-0 in the reverse fixture in second and third on four points.
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Silva has been a revelation for Chelsea since his arrival on a free transfer just over two years ago.
At 38, there is doubt over how long he can continue playing, though Potter yesterday said it was up to Silva as to whether he wants to sign another contract before his deal runs out in the summer. Silva confirmed he aims to decide before the end of the year whether he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge
He said: ‘For sure there will be a time when we need to talk. It could be before the World Cup or after the World Cup because I need to know whether I will have a new contract with Chelsea for my family arrangements.’