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Chelsea hoping N’Golo Kanté will be fit for a reunion with Nemanja Matic

• Midfielder has been out for four weeks with a hamstring injury
• ‘N’Golo brings a lot of balance into the team,’ says Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea’s coaching staff are confident N’Golo Kanté will be fit to play in the Premier League game against Manchester United on Sunday but must now convince the player that he is ready to return after almost four weeks out with a hamstring injury.

The France international, who hurt his thigh in the national team’s World Cup qualifying win in Bulgaria, has been back in first-team training since the end of last week and was close to playing in the damaging 3-0 defeat by Roma on Tuesday. However, the player had made clear his reservations about returning too soon and was ruled out on the day of the match. “N’Golo is important for us and brings a lot of balance into the team,” said the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. “But you cannot push him if he does not feel ready.”

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