Early Chelsea team news: Kante unlikely to start Milan clash
N’Golo Kante has been out of action since Chelsea’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham on August 14.
The former Leicester star is back in training but is unlikely to start Wednesday’s Champions League clash with AC Milan at Stamford Bridge.
And Potter admitted he must shoulder the burden of finding the best way to cope without the hugely influential midfielder in the short term.
“It’s hard to replace someone like NG, he’s a world-class player and any team that loses him will suffer a little bit,” said Potter.
“So it’s up to other players to take the step up and find the solutions. There are a lot of games now and we have limited time on the training pitch.
“But if I look at the options we’ve got, there isn’t a direct replacement so I’ve got to find the right one.”
Edouard Mendy has shaken off a knee injury and will be in the mix to feature against Milan, though Kepa Arrizabalaga could keep his place in goal.
Potter rejected the idea of selecting a number one goalkeeper in the coming weeks, especially given Chelsea’s hectic schedule.
“I think if you look at what we’ve got over the next six weeks, it’s an incredible schedule,” said Potter.
“So I’m in no rush to label anyone one or two or anything like that. I want to help Edou get fit and ready to play, which he’s done really well so far.
“Then we’ve got two goalkeepers, and in an ideal world you want football to decide. We’ve got two we really believe in and that’s a really good situation for us.”