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 with the World Cup holders’, france 1-1 draw against Ukraine and did not appear to have any injury when he left the football pitch at full-time.
further examinations on Thursday have revealed that he has suffered a small injury to his left hamstring and he will be released from France camp, so he would return to Chelsea for further treatment.
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 the other game, next three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
‘The Chelsea midfielder felt a pain in the hamstrings on his left thigh at the end of the match against Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France.
He was subjected to both clinical and radiological examinations on Thursday, which show a small lesion.
In consultation with Doctor Franck Le Gall, national coach Didier Deschamps decided to send N’Golo Kante back to his club on Friday. ‘N’Golo Kante will not be replaced with any player. It is a group of twenty-five players who will fly to Kazakhstan on Friday morning as French squad.
It is said that Kante was not fit enough to play against either Kazakhstan or Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chelsea will be optimistic that he could return in time and be fit for their next match against West Brom on April 3.
If Kante were to be sidelined it would be a big blow for Thomas Tuchel side, with the youngster starting four out of Chelsea’s last five Premier League matches, he was even named Man of the Match in their Champions League win against Atletico Madrid.