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FA Cup: N’Golo Kante and Willian back in contention for Saturday’s final

Chelsea’s influential duo N’Golo Kante and Willian have recovered from injuries and are back in contention for Saturday’s (August 1) FA Cup final against Arsenal, manager Frank Lampard said as he looks to win his first trophy as a manager.

Kante has missed Chelsea’s last six matches in all competitions due to a hamstring injury while Willian sat out their crucial Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that ensured the club qualified for the Champions League.

“Kante and Willian are in the squad and we will see if they are fit enough to be involved in the starting 11,” Lampard, who took charge of Chelsea in July last year, told reporters in a virtual news conference on Friday (July 31).

The result arguably means more to Arsenal, who need to win to qualify for the Europa League, but Lampard said Chelsea would not take their foot off the gas having already sealed Champions League qualification.

Lampard will be pitted against another young manager in Mikel Arteta — whose Arsenal side beat Manchester City to reach the final — and the Chelsea boss said he was impressed with what the Spaniard had achieved in a short time.

Lampard also added that despite his side getting used to the ‘new normal’, they still desperately wanted their fans back in stadiums.

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