Kante adds to a list of absent players for Thomas Tuchel that also includes Reece James, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic
The German confirmed his depleted side on the eve of the fixture, ordtak: “Christian, Reece and Mason are out through injury. N’Golo has tested positive for Covid-19.”
Chelsea and Juventus are level on points at the top of Group H after winning their opening fixtures of this season’s Champions League.
Tuchel’s side were beaten for the first time in the Premier League this season against Manchester City on Saturday, a game Kante started.
Tuchel refused to comment on the vaccination status of his players or if , saying Chelsea are leaving it up to their squad to make individual choices.
“I don’t know, I simply don’t know. We are a reflection of society, the players are adults and they have a free choice.
“We should accept it. This is more or less all I can say. I know the situation is far from over. It makes you very aware it is not over.”
“Do I have the right to say it? I’m not so sure. It is a serious question, vaccinations seems to be a proper protection, I am vaccinated but I don’t see myself in the position to speak out on recommendations,” Tuchel said of whether players should lead by example and get jabbed.