Chelsea have confirmed that N’Golo Kante will return to the club after sustaining a ‘small hamstring injury’ whilst on international duty with France.
Kante featured for the entire 90 minutes as the world champions were held to a 1-1 by Ukraine in their opening game of World Cup qualification, though the midfielder will play no further part for Les Bleus this month after sustaining a minor injury.
The 29-year-old will miss fixtures with Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina after returning to the Premier League side for treatment on the problem, Chelsea confirming the news following scans on the midfielder’s issue.
“The French Football Federation has announced that N’Golo Kante is returning to Chelsea having suffered a small hamstring injury during France’s game on Wednesday,” a statement on the Chelsea website reads.
“The FFF confirmed the midfielder will miss their next two matches on Sunday in Kazakhstan and on Wednesday in Bosnia and Herzegovina, having felt hamstring pain in his left thigh late in the game against Ukraine at the Stade de France.
“Kante had clinical and radiological examinations on Thursday which revealed a small lesion, and he is heading back to Chelsea today.”
Kante’s absence will be a blow for the west London side with the star having been in fine form in recent weeks, helping Chelsea to a 14-game unbeaten run under new head coach Thomas Tuchel that has included 12 clean sheets.
Chelsea next host West Brom in the Premier League on April 3, before the first leg of the club’s Champions League quarter-final with Porto four days later.