Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been ruled out of France’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra because of a knee injury.
The French Football Federation has confirmed the 28-year-old, who was in the World Cup holders’ squad for a 2-0 victory over Bolivia in a friendly international in Nantes on Sunday, will miss the double header.
Kante was injured in Chelsea training before his side’s 4-1 Europa League final victory over Arsenal in Baku last week, but he played the full 90 minutes for Maurizio Sarri’s men.
“Unfortunately, N’Golo Kante will not be able to take part in the qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra due to a knee injury,” the French Football Federation announced via Twitter.
France coach Didier Deschamps will not call up a replacement for Kante, who received his Legion of Honour medal this week.
The France World Cup winning squad – including the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Hugo Lloris – were awarded with the country’s highest honour for civil merit by president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. France sit atop Group H after winning both their qualifiers so far.
Deschamps’ side are 1.57 favourites to keep that run going against Turkey in Konya on Saturday before they then face Andorra three days later. Turkey are 6.00 to win at home with the draw available at 4.00.