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N’Golo Kante had been in and out of injuries the past month, and was a doubt for Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal.
Kante managed to make it fit in time to play the final against the Gunners, but he has now suffered another injury setback ahead of the international games with France.
Kante had picked up the knee injury in training for Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ Europa League final clash with Arsenal, and a setback has now occurred that has ruled him out of France’s squad for European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra on June 8 and 11.
Kante has been evaluated by France’s medical team and has been deemed unfit for those games.
The French Football Federation have announced that Kante will take no part in their upcoming international games.
A statement from the FFF read: “After meeting with the medical staff following the evolution of his right knee injury, coach Didier Deschamps decided to release the international midfielder from Chelsea FC before leaving for Konya, Turkey, scheduled for Friday morning.”
Kante was only recently awarded by the French government, as he and Olivier Giroud received a special recognition award in their homeland France. The pair were among the members of the France national team who received their nation’s highest civilian honour in Paris.
The France national team won the World Cup last year and have now been awarded the Legion of Honour by France’s president Emmanuel Macron in a ceremony at the Elysee Palace, in recognition of their exploits at the World Cup in Russia last summer.
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has also revealed that Kante is the best player he managed at Chelsea.
When asked to name his best player during his time Chelsea, Conte told the BBC World Service: “There are many good players, for sure, but if I have to mention one player I would like to mention Kante.
Asked why he felt Kante was so special for him, Conte replied: “We are talking about a special player.
“Because he always has a smile on his face. He’s a reliable player, a fantastic player.
“I wish the best for him, always.”