Chelsea midfielder to return to Stamford Bridge early after being hit against Ukraine
The Chelsea midfielder fine-tuned his hamstrings late in the Blues’ 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday night.
He will now return to Stamford Bridge early for treatment there, with France confirming the news in an official press release.
What was said?
“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 and Herzegovina,” said a statement on the website of the French Football Federation.
“The Chelsea midfielder felt hamstring pain in his left thigh at the very end of the game against Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France. He underwent 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 make N’Golo Kanté available to 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. ”
What other games could Kante be missing?
Didier Deschamps will have to do without Kante for France’s next two games in Group D, and Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will also be in a sweat of form ahead of a crucial series of domestic and European matches.
Depending on the time allotted for his recovery, Kane might miss out on Chelsea’s Premier League game against West Brom on April 3 and a Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Porto four days later.
Tuchel’s men must then make a trip to Crystal Palace before welcoming Porto to the Bridge for the second leg of their continental meeting.
The big picture
Kante has enjoyed another outstanding season at club level with Chelsea, and his presence could be crucial for their chances to go all the way in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, as well as to place in the top four. first in the Premier League.
He also hopes to be in great shape and shoot in time for this summer’s European Championships, where France hope to do better than their last appearance in 2016.