France announced they’ve withdrawn N’Golo Kante from the squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra.
France star Kante suffered a knee problem in the build-up to Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal last month. However, he still played the full 90 minutes to help the Blues storm to a 4-1 victory in Baku.
Although Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had Ross Barkley, who was named on the bench, train with the starters in warm-up encase something happened to Kante. It was later revealed the former Leicester City man took several injections on his knee prior to the final.
But France are refusing to take any chances on Kante and have sent him home for necessary rest.
“After meeting with the medical staff following the evolution of his right knee injury, coach Didier Deschamps decided to release the international midfielder from Chelsea FC before leaving for Konya, Turkey, scheduled for Friday morning,” read a French Football Federation (FFP) statement.
“He will not be replaced in the group.”
France boss Didier Deschamps now has a tricky dilemma to solve in who will partner Paul Pogba in the midfield. The world champions will need to solve it quickly, though, with a challenging trip to Turkey coming up on Saturday in Group H.
Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele could be in contention after starting in last Sunday’s 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Nantes. Juventus’ Blaise Matuidi and Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko may also be within a chance.
Andorra will then await France at the Estadi Nacional next Tuesday before the players head off into the summer break.
France are currently level on six points with Turkey at the top of Group H after winning both their opening qualifying matches in March.