Kante: Chelsea star ‘likely’ to skip Roma clashes with thigh injury

Chelsea star Ngolo Kante could miss both Champions League games against Roma this month due to an injury he picked up while on International duty with France.

Kante was forced off the pitch in the 34th minute of France’s match against Bulgaria on Saturday and the Blues’ manager Didier Deschamps confirmed the 26-year-old has picked up a thigh injury.

According to goal.com the injury of Kante could force Antonio Conte to do without the Frenchman for the next month which means the former Leicester City star could skip both Champions League clashes against Roma.

The first Champions League clash between the Italians and the English will take place at Stamford Bridge on the 18th of October whilst the return leg is scheduled for the 31st of August at Rome’s Olimpico Stadium

According to goal.com Kante is likely to miss also Chelsea’s Premier League games against Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth, and a Carabao Cup fixture at home to Everton.

Internationals: Narrow wins for Spain and Italy

Spain and Italy’s World Cup qualifying group campaign ended in victory while the play-off picture was completed with mixed results for a couple of our players.

Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta started in a much-changed Spain side who had already booked their place at next summer’s showpiece.

Asier Illarramendi blasted in a stunning strike with around 15 minutes remaining in Jerusalem after Spain had dominated for long periods but struggled to break through. Pedro had their best chance moments before half-time but was denied by the keeper.

Azpilicueta completed the match at right-back while Pedro was subbed off shortly before the only goal.

Also in that group, Davide Zappacosta played the final half-hour of Italy’s 1-0 win in Albania with the goal coming after his introduction. The Italians will be one of the seeded teams in the play-offs.

Youngster Ethan Ampadu was an unused substitute for Wales who lost at home to Ireland and will therefore not be heading to the World Cup. But Mario Pasalic and Croatia still have a chance of qualifying after they won 2-0 in Ukraine. The midfielder, on loan at Spartak Moscow, was brought on for the final couple of minutes after former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric had netted a brace.

Serbia topped Wales and Ireland’s group after beating Georgia, so former Blues Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic will have the chance to compete in Russia.

At Under-19 level, Mason Mount netted for England who drew 2-2 in Slovakia as they continue their preparations for next month’s Euros qualifiers in Bulgaria.

Mount, spending the season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, was one of three Blues who started and he gave England the lead after six minutes.

The teams then exchanged goals early in the second half before the hosts Slovakia equalised very late on, by which time Mount had been replaced. Trevoh Chalobah and Dujon Sterling played the full game, and Reece James was an unused sub.

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