Injuries to Chelsea as N’Golo Kante is excluded from France’s remaining World Cup qualifiers with a hamstring problem, with the midfielder being sent back to London for treatment.
- N’Golo Kante sustained a minor hamstring injury while on international duty
- Kante stepped up a gear on Wednesday evening in France’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine
- France released a statement stating that scans showed a ‘small lesion’ in the muscle
- Kante has subsequently been banned from France’s next two World Cup qualifiers
Chelsea suffered an injury scare on Wednesday night after N’Golo Kante sustained a minor hamstring injury during his international service with France.
The midfielder squeezed the muscles in the later stages of Les Bleus’ 1-1 draw with Ukraine at the Stade de France.
Kante has subsequently been ruled out from France’s next two World Cup qualifiers and sent back to Stamford Bridge.
N’Golo Kante has sustained a minor hamstring injury while on his international service with France
France confirmed the status of Kante’s injury, claiming that scans showed a ‘small lesion’ in the muscle.
After the ‘clinical and radiological examinations’, Kante was sent home for treatment in Chelsea.
The official statement on the French Football Association website: ‘N’Golo Kante will not participate in the next two matches of the French team on Sunday in Kazakhstan and three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Kante tweaked during France’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday evening
Kante has been banned from France’s next two World Cup qualifiers and sent back to Chelsea
At the end of the game against Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France, the Chelsea midfielder felt pain in the hamstrings of the left thigh. He had clinical and radiological exams on Thursday, which revealed a small lesion.
‘In consultation with doctor Franck Le Gall, national coach Didier Deschamps has decided to make N’Golo Kante available to his club again tomorrow.
‘N’Golo Kante will not be replaced. So it is a group of twenty-five players who will fly to Kazakhstan tomorrow morning. ‘
The news will sweat Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as the Blues enter a crucial run
Not only will Kante miss the upcoming matches in Group D of France against Kazakhstan and Bosnia, he could also be excluded for Chelsea.
This news will sweat Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel as the Blues head into a pivotal series of domestic and European games.
Chelsea will be back in action when the Premier League resumes on April 3.
They will also face Porto just four days later in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.