Deschamps explains decision to name Kante in France squad despite recent Chelsea absences

France manager Didier Deschamps said Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is too important not to be included in the national team despite his recent injury absences.

It is safe to say that some Chelsea fans are not too happy with Deschamps’ naming Kante in his squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

After all, the 30-year-old missed out on Chelsea’s last two games against Norwich City and Malmo due to muscle tightness.

However, Deschamps insisted that Kante should already be fine to be back to action this weekend.

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“[N’Golo Kante] is not in a recovery phase,” the manager said during his press conference on Thursday (via beIN Sports).

“He wasn’t playing as many games with Chelsea because they have three matches every week. It’s not bad for him and for us.

“He missed some games through injuries. [But] even if he doesn’t play every game, he should play this weekend.”

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Kante integral for France, says Deschamps

To be fair, Kante already missed out on international duty last month due to an ankle injury. He initially still travelled to join the national team before withdrawing from the squad soon after.

Deschamps made it clear that Kante is one of the first names on his team sheet. This implies that he had no intention to omit Kante from the France squad unless he had no other option.

“N’Golo is an integral part of this team,” he added.

“I won’t repeat how important he is to the team. He is the driving force in the middle, even in various positions.

“The most important thing is that he has to be 100 per cent fit.

“If N’golo is fit, you know very well he will play.”

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