The Chelsea midfielder tweaked his hamstring late on during Les Bleus’ 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday night.

Kante has been injured

N’Golo Kante has been excluded from France’s next two World Cup qualifiers due to injury. The Chelsea midfielder tweaked his hamstring late on during Les Bleus’ 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Wednesday night. He will now travel back to Stamford Bridge early to receive treatment. With France confirming the news in an official press release. “N’Golo Kante will not participate in the next two games of the French national squad on Sunday against Kazakhstan and three days later with Bosnia-Herzegovina,” reads in a statement on the website of the French Football Federation. The Chelsea midfielder felt pain in the hamstrings in his left thigh at the end of the game with Ukraine on Wednesday at the Stade de France. On Thursday, he underwent a clinical and X-ray examination, which revealed a small lesion.

Thomas Tuchel also is worried about Kante’s fitness

“In consultation with Dr Franck Le Gall, national coach Didier Deschamps decided to put N’Golo Kante at the disposal of his club tomorrow. “N’Golo Kante will not be replaced. It is, so, a group of twenty-five footballers who will fly to Kazakhstan tomorrow morning”. Didier Deschamps will have to make it without Kante for the next two Group D fixtures for France. And Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will also be sweating on his fitness ahead of a decisive run of domestic and European fixtures. Depending on the timing of his recovery, Kante could sit out Chelsea’s Premier League match against West Brom on April 3. And the Champions League quarter-finals clash against Porto four days later. Thomas’ side are then due to take a trip to Crystal Palace before welcoming Porto to the bridge for the second match of their continental tie.

Kante has enjoyed another stellar season at club level with Chelsea. His presence could be critical to their chances of going all the way in both the Champions League and FA Cup and securing the top four in the Premier League finish. He also hopes to fully fit and firing in time for this summer’s European Championships. There France will wish to go one better than their final appearance in 2016.