REUTERS: French midfielder N’Golo Kante will return to Chelsea after suffering a hamstring injury on an international mission, the country’s soccer federation (FFF) has said.
The 29-year-old felt some discomfort at the end of France’s 1-1 draw against Ukraine in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.
He underwent tests on Thursday, which revealed a minor injury and will now miss France’s matches against Kazakhstan and Bosnia on Sunday and Wednesday.
The FFF said in a statement that national coach Didier Deschamps decided to send Kante back to Chelsea after consulting with medical staff.
“Kante will not be replaced,” added the FFF. “So a group of 25 players will fly to Kazakhstan on Friday morning. ”
Kante has started four of Chelsea’s last five league games and manager Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to get him in shape in time for their Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on April 3.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)