Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante will be on the sidelines for four months after undergoing surgery on his injured hamstring.
The news means Kante will miss France’s defense of the World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off in November.
The 31-year-old has only played twice for the west London side this season, and his last game was against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in August.
After the visit to a specialist, Kante and Chelsea reached an agreement for the midfielder to go for surgery.
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A Chelsea statement read: “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.”
Kante is an integral part of the French national team, and the reigning world champions would miss the star in Qatar.