Kante to return to Chelsea after getting injured on international duty

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has tried to manage midfielder N’Golo Kante this season, as the Frenchman has been having recurring injury problems since last year.

Having only recently returned to full fitness and has been in top form for the Blues of late, Kante has now picked up an injury while on international duty with France.

The combative Blues midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for France in the World Cup qualifying game, as they played a 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday evening.

Kante did not appear to be carrying an injury at the end of the game, but further examinations on Thursday have revealed that he has suffered a small injury to his left hamstring and he will be released from France so he can return to Chelsea for more 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 three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“The Chelsea midfielder felt a pain in the hamstrings of the left thigh at the very end of the match against Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France.

“He had clinical and radiological examinations on Thursday, which revealed a small lesion.

“In consultation with Doctor Franck Le Gall, national coach Didier Deschamps decided to put N’Golo Kante back at the disposal of his club on Friday.

“N’Golo Kante will not be replaced. It is therefore a group of twenty-five players who will fly to Kazakhstan on Friday morning.”

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