The initial diagnosis is the France midfielder’s issue is not significant but he is almost certainly out of Tuesday night’s trip to Selhurst Park.
Frank Lampard confirmed that Kante will be assessed on Sunday morning and also insisted that Jorginho remains part of his plans despite the Italian not playing a minute since the restart with Kante starting every game at the base of midfield.
Billy Gilmour replaced the World Cup winner this evening, with Jorginho left sitting in the stands.
“Jorginho is in my plans and with N’Golo Kante, he got a small hamstring that we’ll scan tomorrow to see how bad it is,” Lampard said.
“We hope it’s small, that’s what I’ve been told so far but after the scan tomorrow we’ll know. I’m guessing it will be a problem for Palace on Tuesday.”
Kante’s campaign pre-coronavirus had been hampered by a series of ankle, knee and abductor issues and if he faces a spell out it will be considered a significant blow for Lampard, who has seen the 29-year-old approach something close to top form in a more favoured deeper role.
As for tonight’s performance, Lampard said: “Three goals, clean sheet, a reaction to losing in midweek. I thought it was comfortable because we made it comfortable.
“We played well when we moved the ball quickly. We looked really good. When we slowed it down I wasn’t too happy but we made it comfortable, which was needed tonight.”