Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is set to miss the next 3-4 months of action after undergoing surgery for a hamstring injury. The Blues confirmed that, as a result, the midfielder is ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar, scheduled to begin at the end of November.
Kante was one of three Chelsea stars that had their World Cup hopes thrown into doubt due to injury last week. Graham Potter confirmed that the Frenchman was planned to see a specialist over the weekend, and it seems as if the result was exactly what Kante and Chelsea feared.
The Blues released a statement on Tuesday addressing the situation: “N’Golo Kante has undergone an operation on his hamstring injury.
“The midfielder visited a specialist with the club’s medical department to explore the options for his rehabilitation approach, and it was mutually agreed for N’Golo to have surgery to repair the damage.
“Following a successful operation, N’Golo is now expected to be sidelined for four months.”
The World Cup winner hasn’t featured for Chelsea since their 2-2 draw against Spurs in mid-August. Kante had just returned to full training following his rehabilitation from the injury but was dealt another setback as he broke down in training due to the recurring issue.
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Kante has been locked in contract negotiations with Chelsea since Roman Abramovich was still the owner. The Blues have been reluctant to hand the midfielder the length of contract he demands, which has led to the discussions of a new deal stalling.
However, the Chelsea hierarchy may feel vindicated in their decision, as reports suggest they were only willing to offer Kante a two-year deal, due to his consistent injury issues. And with his recovery timeline already set to early next year, the Club may not offer any improved terms.
The former Leicester star will be a huge miss for reigning World Champions France, who aimed to become the first nation to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.