Since suffering a serious knee injury in 2019, this setback will be the longest the France international experiences.
Since leaving the pitch with a hamstring injury against Tottenham Hotspur in mid-August, the Frenchman has not appeared in a single game and will now also miss the World Cup scheduled for November.
Kante also did not play under new coach Graham Potter, and is expected to be sidelined for the next four months.
Chelsea confirm that Kante will return in 2023
“N’Golo Kante has undergone surgery on his hamstring injury,” the London club said in an official statement on Tuesday.
The midfielder visited a specialist from the club’s medical department to explore options for his rehabilitation approach and it was mutually agreed that N’Golo would undergo surgery to repair the damage.
“After a successful operation, N’Golo is now expected to be sidelined for four months.”
Since suffering a serious knee injury in 2019, this setback is the longest the France international has had. So far, there have been 12 occasions where he has missed playing time due to injury.
No World Cup for Kante
Earlier this week, Chelsea manager Potter confirmed that Kante’s fitness was a major concern. “Historically, there are things that have happened that are concerning, and we need to get to the bottom of that,” Potter said.
“It’s a late-stage setback in his rehab, so again that’s concerning. But all we can do is get the right diagnosis, the right consultation, and then try to help him get back in shape and enjoy his life.” football”.
The 2018 World Cup winner will not be on the plane from France as his international teammates travel to Qatar in November. He joins Paul Pogba as a notable member of the 2018 team to miss out on the 2022 edition.