“We are just careful and it is my duty to work with him. The medical team are working so hard with him.

“At the moment he is playing catch-up and that’s no fault of his own. He has played four seasons now full-on, game after game with international tournaments.

”So, it is right to be a bit careful. Let’s be happy. We got a result here, we are doing okay. With N’Golo, when we do get him to where we want him to be, we will be stronger with him.”

Lampard’s comments suggest Kante will not be risked against Lille, with Mateo Kovacic expected to come back into the side after being rested at the weekend.

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