Bulgaria v France
France took on Bulgaria in a huge 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday night in Sofia.
At the start of the game, both Bulgaria and France still had their World Cup hopes alive.
Bulgaria needed a win to stay in the picture for a second place finish, while France are battling Sweden for the top spot.
N’Golo Kante is injured
Didier Deschamps lined up his team in a 4-3-3 formation.
The three in midfielder included Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, Juve’s Blaise Matuiti and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante through the centre.
But Kante, who began the evening with mascot problems, was subbed out the game after the half hour.
He was replaced by PSG star Adrien Rabiot.
Bulgaria give N’Golo Kante the tallest mascot…
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 7, 2017
According to initial reports, Chelsea may be without Kante for a few weeks.
It looked liked Kante left the game with a hamstring injury. He limped as he exited the pitch.
Hamstring injuries usually take between two and three weeks to heal.
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) October 7, 2017
Should that be the case, Kante will definitely be out of the weekend’s Premier League match away at Crystal Palace.
Chelsea, who lost 1-0 to Man City last time out, then take on Roma in the Champions League.
Kante could also miss Premier League matches against Watford and Everton.
The sight no C̶h̶e̶l̶s̶e̶a̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶F̶r̶a̶n̶c̶e̶ football fan wants to see: N’Golo Kante goes off injured in Bulgaria. pic.twitter.com/v7S7CXdXD3
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 7, 2017
Of course, the French international isn’t the only injury concern on Antonio Conte’s plate.
Spanish international forward Alvaro Morata remains a doubt after he picked up an injury in the Man City game.
Daniel Drinkwater, meanwhile, is still on the sidelines with a calf injury. He’s yet to make his debut from Leicester in the summer.