Injured Kante returns to Chelsea with muscle tear

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The 26-year-old Premier League Player of the Season could miss two key Champions League clashes for his club

N'Golo Kante has left France's camp to return to club side Chelsea after suffering a muscle tear and will miss Les Bleus' clash with Belarus as a result.

Hooked after 34 minutes in France's match against Bulgaria on Saturday, the reigning Premier League Player of the Season had been concerned by a potential issue in his leg, according to Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps.

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The defensive midfielder left the rest of Deschamps' squad on Monday after a scan revealed he had indeed suffered a tear in his left thigh, with the worst-case scenario looking like the former Leicester man will be out for three weeks.

Kante, who has not missed a match with Chelsea so far this season, will likely be forced to sit out Premier Leaguer clashes versus Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth, as well as a Champions League match-up against Roma and a Carabao Cup fixture at home to Everton.

Should the 26-year-old make it back after three weeks, he will face a race against time to be fit for the Blues' return leg clash with Roma in Italy on October 31.

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