Chelsea will go head-to-head with old foes Arsenal on Wednesday night as they look to lift the Europa League trophy in Baku.

The match has been no stranger to controversy over the past few weeks as the destination of the game has created some rather negative press.

Both clubs have been unable to sell their allocation of an extremely limited amount of tickets, whilst Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has decided against playing in Azerbaijan with fears about his safety.

Although that might be to Chelsea’s gain, the Blues will have their own problems as Maurizio Sarri revealed N’Golo Kante would be 50/50 for the encounter.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I don’t know.

“He had a little problem on Saturday, a very little problem with his knee. It’s not really a very serious injury.

“The problem is the timing because we had only four days to try to recover him. We are trying. At the moment we don’t know. We will try until the last moment. We will try tomorrow, but at the moment we don’t know.

“He is 50/50 at the moment, yesterday 60/40 for the no, today 50/50. He was a little bit better this morning.”

Sarri also stressed that he felt his Chelsea team were in ‘trouble’ as he did not have all the options in midfield that he would have liked.

He added: “But we are in trouble in midfield. At the moment we have only three midfielders for three positions. N’Golo is really important for us. He is the only defensive midfielder we have. Without N’Golo it’s a problem for us.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was ruled out with a ruptured Achilles tendon injury he sustained whilst Chelsea played a one-off match in the United States of America following the conclusion of the Premier League season.

It might also be Eden Hazard’s last outing for the Stamford Bridge outfit as well as the manager’s final game in charge.

To make matters worse for the Blues, Sarri was seen furious in a training session on Tuesday evening when David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain came together after the Argentine made a challenge on the Brazilian defender, per Goal.

Olivier Giroud will be expected to line up against his former club after an impressive campaign in the Europa League, however, the Chelsea boss is yet to confirm or deny whether the France international will play from the start.


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