France and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been ruled out of the 2022 Qatar World Cup that comes up next week due to a hamstring injury. The 31-year-old suffered the injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 home draw against Tottenham two months back.
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In a statement, Chelsea revealed that his surgery was a success but Kante is expected to be sidelined for four months. It also reads that the decision to operate to repair the damage was “mutual”. “The midfielder visited a specialist with the club’s medical department to explore the options for his rehabilitation approach,” the statement said.
Chelsea head coach Graham Potter said before his side played Aston Villa last weekend that Kante had faced a setback in his bid to regain fitness. It is also a blow for the current World Cup defending champions France as they will be playing without the star player.