Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been passed fit to start in their all-important fixture against fellow top-four hopefuls Manchester United on Sunday.

N’Golo Kante has recovered from the rib injury he picked up in the 2-2 draw against Burnley last Monday to feature from kick-off, when Chelsea face off against arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford today. The Frenchman is partnered by Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the middle of the park, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek dropping to the bench.

Maurizio Sarri has made a couple of changes in his backline protecting Kepa Arrizabalaga as Antonio Rudiger returns from injury to take his place alongside David Luiz at the heart of the defence. The German international replaces Andreas Christensen in the lineup.

Marcos Alonso is also back in the side, replacing Emerson Palmieri at left-back, while captain Cesar Azpilicueta continues to feature as the right-sided full-back for Chelsea.

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s injury means Willian gets a look-in on the right flank for the Blues, while star man Eden Hazard starts on the opposite flank. Misfiring striker Gonzalo Higuain gets the nod as the lone striker ahead of Olivier Giroud once again, who is on the bench along with Spanish winger Pedro.

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