N’Golo Kante injury: Chelsea midfielder ruled out for ‘weeks’ after injury against Tottenham

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Out: N’Golo Kante  (Getty Images)
Out: N’Golo Kante (Getty Images)

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante faces “weeks” on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury during last week’s draw with Tottenham, manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

The 31-year-old was forced off during the entertaining 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and now faces an extended period out of the team.

It is another blow to Tuchel ahead of the trip to Leeds, with Mateo Kovacic already out due to a recurring knee injury, along with Armando Broja. Christian Pulisic is also doubtful.

Asked about Kante’s injury, Tuchel told reporters: “[It’s] quite serious. We’re talking about weeks. Not good news.

“We are disappointed and sad because N’Golo is super important and super fit. He will be out for weeks.

"Same with Armando. He will be out for days. He cannot come with us to Leeds.

"Mateo Kovacic as well, still out with knee problems. Christian Pulisic had problems but trained today. Let’s see.”

Chelsea announced earlier on Friday the signing of Cesare Casadei in a £12.6million deal from Inter Milan.

The young midfielder has been compared by some to Frank Lampard for his goalscoring ability.

Chelsea’s newest signing. (The FA via Getty Images)
Chelsea’s newest signing. (The FA via Getty Images)

However, Tuchel moved to play down any immediate expectations and explained that Casadei is a signing for the future.

“I’m not so sure if we do him a big favour if we join in this discussion (about his similarities to Lampard). I met him yesterday here in the building,” Tuchel added.

“We will give him time now to learn the language, to learn what Chelsea is all about, to understand the culture, how we live here and train here on a daily basis.

“Once he is settled in we will give him the opportunity to train with us and show his qualities. Then we will assess him and I have a clearer picture of him. Then, we will see.”