N’Golo Kante has returned from international duty early after the ankle injury he sustained in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday flared up in French Camp.
The tireless midfielder was played only first 45 minutes during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with the Reds, in which Reece James was sent off for a handball on the goaline.
Despite Kante was forced off at half-time, he still managed to travelled with the France squad as they prepared for trio of World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Finland.
However, as reported by Julien Maynard, Kante’s ankle issue was aggravated in training and he has now returned to London for treatment in order to recovery before September 11 when the Blues face Aston Villa.
Kante’s latest sendback is a worry for Chelsea. It is not yet clear if the injury will rule out the 30-year-old tireless midfielder for any of his side’s fixtures when the international break ends.
After international break, Thomas Tuchel’s men will host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 11 before kick-off their Uefa Champions League campaign against Zenit St. Petersburg and then face Tottenham Hotspur in domestic league during that weekend.
If Kante has to sit out Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic will likely be partnered in midfield, while new signing Saul Niguez – a deadline-day addition from Atletico Madrid – could also be handed a start.