April 16, 2021

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Chelsea news: N’Golo Kante picks up injury on international duty with France

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The 29-year-old misses his nation’s upcoming games (Picture: Getty Images)

N’Golo Kante will return to Chelsea from international duty early after picking up a hamstring injury during his time with the French national team, though the issue is not thought to be serious.

The 29-year-old played 90 minutes on Wednesday evening in the World Cup holders’ 1-1 draw against Ukraine and did not appear to be carrying an injury when he left the pitch at full-time.

But further examinations on Thursday have revealed that he has suffered a small injury to his left hamstring and he will be released from France so he can return to Chelsea for more treatment.

Kante felt pain in his hamstring at the end of the game vs Ukraine (Picture: Getty)

A statement from the French national team read: ‘N’Golo Kante will not take part in the next two matches of the French team on Sunday in Kazakhstan and three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

‘The Chelsea midfielder felt a pain in the hamstrings of the left thigh at the very end of the match against Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France.

‘He had clinical and radiological examinations on Thursday, which revealed a small lesion.

‘In consultation with Doctor Franck Le Gall, national coach Didier Deschamps decided to put N’Golo Kante back at the disposal of his club on Friday.

‘N’Golo Kante will not be replaced. It is therefore a group of twenty-five players who will fly to Kazakhstan on Friday morning.’

Kante had become a key player under manager Thomas Tuchel (Picture: Getty)

While Kante was not deemed fit enough to play against either Kazakhstan or Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chelsea will be optimistic that he can return in time for their next match against West Brom on April 3.

Were Kante to be sidelined it would be a big blow for Thomas Tuchel, with the Frenchman having started four of Chelsea’s last five Premier League matches while he was named Man of the Match in their Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

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