KARACHI: France and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will not compete in the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar due to a hamstring injury.
Kante sustained an injury on August 14 during Chelsea's 2-2 home draw with Tottenham.
"The midfielder visited a specialist with the club’s medical department to explore the options for his rehabilitation approach and it was mutually agreed for N’Golo to have surgery to repair the damage," Chelsea said in a statement.
Following a successful operation, N’Golo is now expected to be sidelined for four months.
Prior to last weekend's game against Aston Villa, Blues manager Graham Potter stated that Kante had a setback in his quest to get healthy again.
In the months leading up to the World Cup, which begins in November, a growing number of Premier League players, including Kante, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, have had catastrophic injuries.
Reece James, a teammate from Chelsea, is a serious doubt for England after suffering a knee injury against AC Milan in last month's Champions League match.
Meanwhile, Portugal forward Diogo Jota was ruled out of the mega event due to a calf injury.