WATCH: Frank Lampard slams France over use of 'unfit' N'Golo Kante during the international break

Matt Debono

The 28-year-old was selected to play for the French national team for their two European qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey. 

But during the warm-up against Iceland last Friday, the Frenchman had to be withdrawn from the squad after he picked up a groin injury. 

Post-match France boss Didier Deschamps revealed the injury, and said it wasn't too serious. 

"He felt a pain in his adductor muscle. He had a feeling where he didn't feel comfortable to play. I made the decision [to remove him from the team], because maybe it could get worse. I do not think it's too serious."

But it has ruled N'Golo Kante out of Chelsea's first game back from the international break against Newcastle United in the Premier League as Frank Lampard confirmed Kante had a minor groin problem.

Head coach Frank Lampard spoke to the media at Cobham on Friday, and revealed Kante's frequent injuries aren't something to be laughed about.

"We all have our selection problems, but the Kante one was not a laughing matter. We communicated before the first international break.

"It was clear that he wasn’t fit to play the second game and he sat on the bench. I think it could have been handled better," Frank Lampard added. 

"I understand that when a player is on international duty that they are their players, but it was clear that he wasn’t fit."

Chelsea host Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday. Live game updates will be available on SI.com during the Blues home fixture.

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