N’Golo Kante injury: Chelsea midfielder suffers yet another setback ahead of AC Milan clash

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has suffered yet another setback in his struggle to shake off his latest hamstring injury.

The France midfielder, who won the World Cup, did not travel to Italy for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against AC Milan.

Kante, who has been out of action since the Blues’ 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham on August 14, stayed in London on Monday after encountering a problem in training.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter acknowledged that both player and club were now nervously awaiting the results of the scans.

31-year-old Kante has been plagued by hamstring and knee problems in recent years and will now miss his 10th Blues match on Tuesday due to his recent injury problem.

“N’Golo, who we’re just waiting for, he had a reaction in practice,” Potter said. “So we’re just waiting for news of that.

“It’s not ideal, disappointing for him and us, but we’ll have to wait and see how far it goes and go from there.”

Chelsea defeated Milan 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and another win over the Rossoneri would put the London club on pole position to reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

Hakim Ziyech will also miss the Group E clash in Milan due to a sore throat.

Brazilian Thiago Silva, out of contract next summer, is back in Potter’s squad after being rested in Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Wolves.

The evergreen 38-year-old’s unparalleled defensive acumen could persuade Chelsea to renew his contract again – something Potter has suggested will come down to the player.

“I think the decision is up to Thiago,” said the Blues boss. “I’ve only been here for three or four weeks, but I’ve already seen his quality.

It’s probably not the right time to start talking about new contracts

Thiago Silva

“He’s an incredible person, an incredible player. The level he is able to play at and the respect he enjoys throughout the game is incredible.

“All I can do is help him reach the best possible level at the club. And the rest is something for him and the club to think about.”

Silva himself insisted it was too soon to make any decisions about his future beyond next summer – but also acknowledged those calls would need to be made soon.

“It’s probably not the right time to talk about new contracts,” he said.

“What I can tell you is that what is important for me now is to keep playing at a high level and to help the team achieve the best possible results.

“There will definitely be a time when we need to talk, it can be before the World Cup or after the World Cup.

“But of course I have to know if I’ll get a new contract with Chelsea because it’s not easy for my family circumstances.

“If I don’t have a new contact, I have to decide what to do. But it’s not easy, so we’ll see what happens.”

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