Chelsea suffer injury BLOW as N’Golo Kante pulls out of France friendly after picking up muscle injury in warm-up prior to Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland
- N’Golo Kante appeared to pick up a hamstring during warm-up on Friday night
- Kante was replaced by Moussa Sissoko in France’s starting XI for Euro qualifier
- The midfielder has already missed several games this season through injury
Kante had been due to start the clash but picked up a muscle injury, believed to be a hamstring problem, during the warm-up.
The problem was serious enough for the midfielder to be replaced by Moussa Sissoko in the starting line-up, which could now leave Chelsea boss Frank Lampard with a defensive headache.
N’Golo Kante picked up an injury in the warm up prior to France’s clash with Iceland on Friday
Kante is believed to have suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by Moussa Sissoko
Kante has only recently returned to action after recovering from a knee injury
Kante has already missed several games this season after suffering a knee injury in the opening day defeat to Manchester United but recently returned to full fitness.
Since his comeback, the 28-year-old has been in fine form, scoring a stunning goal in the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool before finding the back of the net against Southampton.
The midfielder has operated in a box-to-box role after forming an exciting trio in Chelsea’s engine room alongside Jorginho and Mason Mount.
Kante has scored twice in four Premier League games since returning to full fitness
However, his latest injury problem means he now faces a race to be fit for the club’s next fixture; a home clash against Newcastle United on October 19th.
If he isn’t fit, Lampard could replace him with Ross Barkley or Mateo Kovacic, who were both named on the bench for last weekend’s 4-1 win at Southampton.