Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante injured on international duty with France

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante injured on international duty with France

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante injured on international duty with France

So needless to say, it was vital Chelsea kept him fit for a game as big as a clash with Pep Guardiola and the Citizens.

Morata suffered what has been described as a grade two hamstring tear in Chelsea's defeat to Manchester City before the international break, leading to fears that he will be out of action for a prolonged period of time.

Whilst the media will pile in on Kante's injury like Chelsea's season is once again on the brink of disaster, the more rational will consider it just a blip.

Didier Deschamps' side came into the current international break top of Group A but, after Sweden thrashed Luxembourg 8-0, they needed a win to remain in control regarding qualification. France looked on course for an easy three points and a spot guaranteed in at least the qualifying playoffs for next summer's tournament. The only real long-term casualty last season was John Terry, who was injured early on at Swansea and never reclaimed his regular place. Palace are pointless, goalless and bottom of the Premier League.

On Monday, the Telegraph have posted updates on Chelsea's key injury concerns.

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Kante was holding his hamstring on his left leg when he was taken off 34 minutes in the game.

Morata is due to return to running this week as Chelsea target a step up in his injury comeback.

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