/ Kante has missed the last two matches (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman was left in London as Chelsea made their trip to the east coast of America and he’s been working on his fitness while his team-mates are Stateside.AdvertisementAdvertisementMaurizio Sarri did not give a press conference after his side’s 3-1 win against the New England Revolution as he was feeling unwell.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Italian had to pull out of an event the day before due to sickness and he does not want to pass it on to his squad.Chelsea will run scans on Loftus-Cheek on their return to London but they fear the midfielder is out of the final in Azerbaijan.MORE: Atletico Madrid interested in signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette in summer transfer Read More N’Golo Kante is winning his race to be fit for the Europa League final (Picture: Rex)Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante expects to be fit for the Europa League final against Arsenal.The Frenchman limped out of Chelsea’s final home game of the season against Watford with a hamstring injury and has missed the last two games.Chelsea played a charity game in Massachusetts on Wednesday night and lost Ruben Loftus-Cheek to injury with the midfielder wearing a protective boot on his way out of the Gillette Stadium.With Loftus-Cheek now likely to miss the Baku final, Maurizio Sarri will be desperate to get Kante back in time and the Daily Mail report he’s winning his fitness battle.ADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Top articles Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 May 2019 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link526Shares PLAY Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next About Connatix V67539 Read More Comment Read More 1 min. story N’Golo Kante winning race to be fit for Chelsea’s Europa League final clash against Arsenal by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Read More Read More Skip Ad Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings SPONSORED Full Screen Advertisement
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Kavem Hodge and veteran opener Devon Smith fashioned half-centuries as Windward Islands Volcanoes produced a solid batting display, to keep Jamaica Scorpions in the field for the entire first day of their second round fixture at Sabina Park.Asked to bat here yesterday, Volcanoes finished the day on 314 for five thanks mainly to Hodge who struck 88 and Smith who carved out 72.For the exception of captain Sunil Ambris (7), every Volcanoes batsman managed a start. Twenty-year-old Emmanuel Stewart was unbeaten at the close on 46 and was partnered by Keron Cottoy on 29.Former captain and Test batsman Kirk Edwards had earlier also struck 29 while Desron Maloney chipped in with 26.Seamer Derval Green was once again the hosts’ best bowler with three for 58 as the attack struggled to break down Volcanoes.It was Smith and Maloney who set the tone by posting 43 for the first wicket to deny Jamaica any early success. And even after Maloney fell after hitting five boundaries in a breezy 31-ball knock, Smith and Hodge then put their side in a commanding position courtesy of a 130-run stand.All told, the 38-year-old Smith faced 152 deliveries in nearly three hours at the crease and counted nine fours, completing his 60th first class half-century in his 211th game.The 26-year-old Hodge’s knock, meanwhile, spanned 171 balls in just over 4-½ hours and included 12 fours.When Smith was bowled by pacer Marquino Mindley, Hodge put on a further 44 for the third wicket with Edwards, who punched two fours and a six in an attractive 48-ball knock before falling in the fourth over after tea, flirting with a side ball from Green and going caught behind.Scorpions then enjoyed their best period of the day when Ambris followed 10 balls later, also caught at the wicket off Green as Volcanoes stumbled to 242 for five.However, Stewart quickly dashed the hosts’ hopes of a further breakthrough, pairing with Cottoy to add 72 in an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership.Stewart, who scored a half-century in the last round against Barbados Pride, has so far faced 94 balls in a shade over 1-¾ hours and counted six fours and a six.