N’Golo Kante has been out of action for three weeks (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard has revealed N’Golo Kante is set to return to training this week as he steps up his recovery from a groin strain.

The Frenchman missed Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and hasn’t featured for the Blues since a 4-1 win away at Southampton on October 6th.

Lampard’s men missed Kante as a double from Marcus Rashford sent United into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

But there was better news after the game when Lampard revealed that Kante is set to return to training before Saturday’s clash against Watford.

Lampard insists he had no option but to rotate his side (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s hopefully training again in the next two or three days.,’ confirmed Lampard.

Asked whether Kante could feature before the international break, Lampard replied: ‘Yeah hopefully.

‘He’s a top player. I would have liked to give Jorginho and Kovacic a rest tonight for what they’ve put in, for their physical output. But I couldn’t because N’Golo, Ross, Ruben…I couldn’t make those changes today and that what it is.’

Lampard made six changes to his starting line-up for the defeat to United and his side looked rusty in the first half.

Though they improved dramatically after the interval, they were sent crashing out after Rashford’s fantastic free-kick.

But Lampard insists he has no regrets about the amount of changes he made and he insists he had little option.

‘We’ve had seven wins on the trot and taxing games,’ said Lampard.

‘I think it’s quite clear the league and Champions League are our priorities. Today I had to look at my squad and players who deserve minutes.

‘This competition has an element of that for us. I saw a lot of things that are good for our future. I hate losing but it’s clear there’s a big picture and big games for us to come. Now we just move on, focus on what’s in front.’

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