Chelsea are beginning to hit their straps under new manager Frank Lamard having had three straight wins in all competitions and they could extend that run on Sunday.
The Blues face Southampton at St Mary’s following their midweek 2-1 win over Lille in the Champions League.
Lampard has been buoyed by the return of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James from injury over the past fortnight but may not be risked with a full 90 minutes in the Premier League.
The Chelsea manager has plenty of selection headaches all over the pitch as they seem to be hitting their stride.
Mason Mount was used in a deeper role against Brighton but with Kante back he is likely to be pushed further forward.
Christian Pulisic is still struggling to impress since joining the club while Callum Hudson-Odoi continues to push for a place in the starting XI.
Mount may be used in an attacking three alongside Tammy Abraham, who has scored seven goals in the Premier League, and Willian.
Kante was able to play the full 90 minutes against Lille and it will be hoped he can start again on Sunday.
In his pre-match press conference, Lampard said: “In terms of the injury he is fine. That is just a call that I am going to have to make.”
Emerson is not expected to be back until after the international break and Andreas Christensen is likely to return to the side in place of Kurt Zouma.
How Chelsea could look against Southampton
For Southampton, Cedric Soares got injured in the warm-up before their defeat to Tottenham and is unlikely to be back for the match on Sunday.Moussa Djenepo has missed the Saints’ last three games and looks set to miss the match at the St Mary’s too, which will be a blow to manager Ralph Hassenhuttl.
How Southampton could line-up against Chelsea
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