Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar following the operation on his hamstring injury.

The midfielder suffered an injury to his hamstring in the clash against Tottenham Hotspur last two months and since then he has been unable to join the rest of the squad.

The 31-year-old midfielder was instrumental to the French national team in the last edition of the tournament in Russia, helping France to win the World Cup for the second time.

In a statement, the club said that the procedure was a success but Kante is expected to be sidelined for four months.

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It added 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.

Blues boss Graham Potter said before his side played Aston Villa last weekend that Kante had faced a setback in his bid to regain fitness.

Kante, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, joins a growing list of Premier League players who have suffered serious injuries in the build-up to the showpiece tournament which starts in November.

His Chelsea team-mate Reece James is a major doubt for England after picking up a knee injury against AC Milan in the Champions League this month.

Another Premier League player was also confirmed to miss the World Cup, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirming that Diogo Jota’s hopes of representing Portugal were ended as the 25-year-old will face a “long time” out because of a calf injury.


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