By Ben Dinnery

30th Nov, 2021 | 5:40pm

Injury expert: Kante needs 'minor miracle' after 'possible ligament damage' at Chelsea

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante may have suffered “ligament damage” and would need a “minor miracle” to play against Watford tomorrow (1 December).

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Kante came off after 37 minutes in the Champions League against Juventus on 23 November with what was later revealed to be a twisted knee.

Manager Thomas Tuchel told Chelsea’s media team ahead of the draw with Man United five days later that it would be a “miracle” if Kante featured.

And the manager confirmed today that they would be “without N’Golo” for tomorrow evening’s clash with the Hornets.

Dinnery insists that this was always the likely outcome for the French midfielder.

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“This is a tricky one,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Kante reported a sharp pain when he twisted it. There was possibly some indication of ligament damage.

“But I watched the footage and there wasn’t anything massively evident from that, although he was in some discomfort.

“Tuchel said it would have needed a miracle to play in that United game. For the next game, we are only talking 72 hours later.

“So he would have needed a slightly more minor miracle to be back for the Watford game.

“If they are going for the title, that needs to be three points. Watford are massively depleted in terms of the number of injuries.

“That might give the opportunity for Reuben Loftus-Cheek to play two games in a row. That would be a sensible decision.”

Chelsea will be without Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell for the trip to Vicarage Road.

Tuchel’s side will be looking to consolidate their one-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

In other news, manager told to “learn the laws of the game” by ex-Fifa referee after Chelsea-Man United controversy.