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Chelsea’s Kante pulled from France lineup after injury in warm-ups


France’s midfielder N’Golo Kante (C) looks on as he attends a French national football team training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris on October 8, 2019, ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying football match between Iceland and France. (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU / AFP) (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)

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Just as N’Golo Kante’s health allowed a return to form, his frustrating season has carried over to his national team.

The dominant French midfielder was pulled from the starting lineup on Friday after suffering a muscle injury in warm-ups.

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Few details have been released, and Chelsea did not mention the player or his injury in their Friday recap of international action.

Kante, 28, missed four matches with a sprained ankle earlier this season with Chelsea, but has two goals in his last three matches. Both came in the Premier League against Liverpool and Southampton.

He has 38 caps and a goal for Les Bleus, as well as a World Cup title.

France faces Turkey in EURO qualifying on Monday. Chelsea has Newcastle United on Oct. 19 at Stamford Bridge before visiting Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.

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