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Frank Lampard rules Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of FA Cup final with injury, but confirms N’Golo Kante and Willian return

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Frank Lampard rules Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of FA Cup final with injury, but confirms N’Golo Kante and Willian return


Loftus-Cheek is out with another injury problem (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Lampard has ruled Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal with injury, but confirmed N’Golo Kante and Willian will be back in the squad.

Loftus-Cheek has endured a torrid time with injuries having missed the majority of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The 24-year-old finally made his long-awaited comeback as a substitute in the 2-1 win away at Villa last month, but a minor problem will keep him out of Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Kante and Willian, who were both doubts for the final, will make the match day squad, which is a major boost for Lampard’s side.

Frenchman Kante had missed Chelsea’s previous six games after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Watford earlier this month.

Willian, who was left out against Wolves last weekend, was reportedly set to be dropped for the game with the uncertainty surrounding his future.

Lampard will be without Loftus-Cheek for the final (Picture: Getty Images)

The Brazilian’s contract will expire at the end of the season and the club are said to be unwilling to offer him the new three-year deal his representatives are demanding.

However, Lampard confirmed that both Willian and Kante will be available to play against the Gunners.

‘Kante and Willian are in the squad and we will see if they are fit enough to be involved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up a small problem,’ the English boss said.

And when asked if the Brazilian will give 100 per cent effort despite his contract situation, Lampard said: ‘Yeah, because I have known him for many years and his mentality has shown since the restart. He has given everything.’

After securing a top four spot and Champions League football for next season, Lampard has a chance to win his first piece of silverware as a manager.

When quizzed on what it would mean for him to lift the trophy, the Blues boss said: ‘I would be delighted to and if you get to a final you want to win it.

‘It will be difficult, many a great manager haven’t won things, but now we are here I want to win it.’

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