Chelsea star surprisingly allowed to travel for international duty despite injury problem
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has joined the rest of his France teammates in Clairefontaine despite picking up an ankle injury last weekend.
Thomas Tuchel previously spoke about plans to send Christian Pulisic to the US national team to hopefully regain match fitness following his Covid-19 quarantine.
While it is clear that Pulisic would benefit from getting minutes during the international break, Chelsea have surprisingly allowed Kante to go on international duty as well.
The energetic midfielder had to be subbed off at half-time in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday, having already missed the previous game against Arsenal due to a similar injury.
“I think the opponent fell on his ankle and he twisted it again,” Tuchel explained during his post-match press conference (via Hayters TV).
“He had immediately the same pain he had before the Arsenal game.
“He was lacking force to accelerate and we had to take him off.”
France will play three World Cup qualifying games against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Finland in the next two weeks, but Didier Deschamps should have plenty of midfield options even if Kante was deemed unfit to play.
Tuchel left with very limited defensive midfield options
France will play three World Cup qualifying games against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Finland in the next two weeks.
But Didier Deschamps should have plenty of midfield options even if Kante was deemed unfit to play.
Tuchel, on the other hand, is arguably very reliant on Kante, and two other senior midfielders; Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
After Billy Gilmour’s loan move to Norwich City, Chelsea do not really have a clear fourth-choice centre-midfielder, with Trevoh Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu likely being backup options.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount can play in this position but are clearly more attacking-minded than aforementioned names.