Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante will not play any part in France’s next two World Cup Qualifiers after sustaining an injury. The Frenchman tweaked his hamstring during the 1 all draw against Ukraine on Wednesday night.
He will now return to Chelsea to undergo treatment, as confirmed by France in an official press release.
“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,” a statement on the French Football Federation website reads.
“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 has decided to put N’Golo Kanté back at the disposal of his club tomorrow.
“N’Golo Kante will not be replaced. It is therefore a group of twenty-five players who will fly to Kazakhstan tomorrow morning.”
Therefore, France coach Didier Deschamps will have to make do without the combative midfielder in the next two international games while Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be sweating on Kante’s fitness ahead of a crucial run of games in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.
Kante’s involvement in Chelsea’s next Premier League game against West Brom on April 3 and the UEFA Champions League last 8 fixture against Porto 4 days later will depend on the timeframe of his recovery.
Meanwhile, Kante has been impressive for Chelsea this season and his presence in the team will be crucial to their chances of progressing in the UCL and the FA Cup, as well as finishing in the Premier League’s top 4 places.
He will be hoping to be fully fit in time for these games as well as for the European Championships in the summer where France will be looking to go one better than they did in their final appearance in 2016.