latest injury news, teams, France’s N’Golo Kante, Portugal’s Diogo Jota ruled out

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Another two big names have been ruled out of next month’s FIFA World Cup with France’s N’Golo Kante and Portugal’s Diogo Jota sidelined due to injury.

Kante will miss France’s defence of the World Cup after Chelsea said he will be out of action for four months following surgery on a hamstring injury.

The 31-year-old had not featured since limping off against Tottenham in August.

“N’Golo Kante has undergone an operation on his hamstring injury,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“The midfielder visited a specialist with the club’s medical department to explore the options for his rehabilitation approach and it was mutually agreed for N’Golo to have surgery to repair the damage.

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“Following a successful operation, N’Golo is now expected to be sidelined for four months.” Kante was vital to France’s success in Russia four years ago and will be a big miss for Didier Deschamps with his regular midfield partner at international level, Paul Pogba, also a major doubt for the tournament in Qatar.

The news is also a blow to Chelsea’s hopes of climbing back into the Premier League title race after an impressive start to Graham Potter’s time in charge.

Kante shone in the Blues’ run to win the Champions League in 2020/21, but Chelsea have had to get used to life without the former Leicester man due to persistent injuries over the past year.

Chelsea are eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal with a game in hand and need a maximum of three points from their final two group games to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.kca/ea

Portugal’s Jota will miss the World Cup after suffering a serious calf injury, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Tuesday.

The winger was stretchered off in the closing stages of Liverpool’s 1-0 Premier League win over Manchester City on Sunday.

“Not good news about Diogo — yes he will miss the World Cup,” Klopp said at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s home match against West Ham.

“(It’s a) pretty serious injury in the calf muscle and now the recovery process starts. That’s it, pretty much.

“That is the first diagnosis, which was pretty clear, and all the rest will now follow in the next few days. It is very sad news for the boy, and for us as well of course and for Portugal.” Klopp, who said Jota would not need an operation, did not put an exact timescale on his return but is expecting the 25-year-old to be sidelined for months.

“After such a good night at Anfield mine ended in the worst way! In the last minute one of my dreams collapsed,” Jota posted on Twitter.

“I will be one more supporting from the outside, club and country, and fighting to be back as soon as possible.” Jota’s absence adds to Liverpool’s injury woes, with Luis Diaz also ruled out until after the World Cup in Qatar, which starts next month.

Joel Matip will also miss the visit of West Ham, but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate could be fit to return to the starting line-up.

Klopp was sent off late on in an emotional encounter with City for taking his protests towards the referee’s assistant too far.

The German coach has been charged by the Football Association for improper behaviour, but has until Friday to contest the decision, meaning he should be able to take his place on the touchline on Wednesday.

“I still think I should have dealt differently with the situation, which I usually do,” added Klopp.

“The whole game led to that a little bit. It was a very, very intense game with a lot of decisions we didn’t understand on both sides.

“This for me was like the one drop that made the bucket overflow. I’m not happy with my reaction but that’s the way it was and everybody saw it

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