The Chelsea medical staff are expected to inform manager Antonio Conte of the full extent of N’Golo Kante’s suspected hamstring injury later this week according to The Telegraph.

The 26-year-old Paris born midfield ace picked up the injury on international duty with France and at this stage it is unclear how significant the problem will be.

Kante was substituted during the first half of France’s 1-0 victory over Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday evening and it has been reported that the player is not fit to feature for his country’s other 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at home to Belarus on Tuesday evening.

It is now believed that the midfielder will be assessed by medical staff at Chelsea’s Cobham training base early this week with the diagnosis being announced soon after.

Chelsea are already without top scorer Alvaro Morata for Saturday’s local derby against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Blues squad remains threadbare following an unproductive summer in the transfer market and the club simply cannot afford to lose another top class player in Kante for a significant period of time.

Should Kante miss the match in South London, manager Conte could be forced into a reshuffle of his starting XI with the club low on options in the middle of the park.

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