Maurizio Sarri Doesn't Trust Either Striker - Chelsea Legend

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"The problem is his ankle".

Chelsea kept up their pursuit of the Premier League's top three clubs with a 1-0 win away to London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks to a strike by N'Golo Kante early in the second half.

Willian struck a free-kick against the post, before Ross Barkley's hooked shot also also hit the woodwork.

Sarri was forced to leave Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi out of his squad for the game due to injury, and may now be without Giroud for several weeks with Chelsea's workload showing no sign of easing in a busy January.

He is second only to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the all-time assists chart, despite having spent three years in Spain at Barcelona, and has won every English domestic trophy including two League titles with Chelsea.

Olivier Giroud fired home an angled half-volley only to be frustrated by an offside flag, and as the half-hour approached Palace scrambled clear when Eden Hazard's strike nearly found its way through to Giroud. We know him better from the England games, and the performances with England.

As a result, Kante's effectiveness this season has been questioned, but the former Leicester City man impressed as he struck the 51st minute match-winner that helped the Blues tighten their grip on fourth by opening up a five-point gap to Arsenal.

"He said: "[Kante] has to think about the defence first of all.

The Guardian's Dominic Fifield is among those reporting that Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Fulham all want Solanke for the second half of the campaign, while Brighton have been pursuing a full transfer. "Today his movement was really very good and done with the right timing".

"I didn't like only that we weren't able to kill off the match before".

"It's very important for us when we have to play against opponents very low, where the strikers and wingers find it hard to find space. [Loftus-Cheek], especially, is a very great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball".