Chelsea star Kante will be fit to face Man United in mouth-watering Premier League opening clash – The Sun

N'GOLO KANTE is set to hand Frank Lampard a huge boost by being fit for Chelsea's Premier League game at Manchester United.

Fears the midfielder would be absent with a knee problem emerged over the weekend, when he was sent home early from the Blues' tour of Asia.

Kante first picked up the issue at the end of last season but he appeared in the Europa League final before sitting out France's Euro 2020 qualifiers.

But Chelsea have confirmed that he could return to full training as early as this week.

That would come too soon to face Reading in a friendly at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Kante still has over two weeks to be fit for the Blues kicking off their campaign.

The Frenchman has been a favourite of successive Chelsea managers in his three years at the club, making 53 appearances last season.

Their trip to Old Trafford is set up as the top clash of the opening weekend, kicking off on Sunday August 11 at 4.30pm.

Before that game, Chelsea travel to Austria and Germany for final friendlies against RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Lampard and his squad arrived back in England on Wednesday morning following games with Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona in Japan.

They awarded themselves two days off before concentrating on the game with Reading, who defender Matt Miazga has just joined on loan.

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