Didier Deschamps: "Not too serious for N'Golo Kanté".

Didier Deschamps:

Kante only recently returned from injury but he suffered a muscle problem when warming up ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier.

N'Golo Kante was withdrawn from the France team to play Iceland because of injury prior to kick-off in Reykjavik.

But Deschamps moved quickly to say it was purely a precaution with Blues chief Frank Lampard already in touch with the French boss to check on Kante's fitness.

The 28-year-old has started just three of Chelsea's opening eight league games after being troubled by an ankle injury in the early weeks of the season.

While Deschamps' update was positive, he refused to say whether Kante would be fit to play Turkey on Monday.

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"He felt a pain in his adductor muscle", Deschamps explained.

"He had a feeling where he did not feel comfortable to play".

Despite admitting that Kante's injury is not "too serious", the coach said he is not certain that the midfielder will feature in the clash against Turkey on October 15. By putting Moussa in, I knew that he was ready.

But his latest setback could see the tireless midfielder miss Chelsea's next game against Newcastle United on October 19, with Mateo Kovacic poised to deputise if he fails to recover.

"Lampard asked me not to pick [N'Golo] Kanté at the last time", he told reporters when announcing his squad. "Maybe I'll call him later to tell him it would be nice if you play Olivier Giroud a little bit", Deschamps added.

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