£300,000-a-week Blues player may miss start of the season due to an injury

N’Golo Kante could be in danger of missing the start of the 2019-20 campaign after being forced to leave Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Japan early due to a knee injury. France international has been mostly injury-free since his move to England in 2015, missing just ten Premier League games out of a possible 152 for Leicester City and Chelsea.

However, the volume of matches that N’Golo has played in has appeared to take its toll of late, with Kante struggling with hamstring and knee injuries since May. He hasn’t featured at all for Frank Lampard during pre-season and could face a race against time to be set for the new campaign as he continues rehabilitation on his knee problem.

London club statement read: ‘N’Golo Kante has travelled back to the UK to continue his rehabilitation for an injury connected to the knee problem he sustained at the end of last campaign.’ The 28-year-old midfielder was absent as Blues slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.

French superstar has been a significant success since joining Chelsea from Leicester in 2016, helping the club win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League during his three seasons at Stamford Bridge. There was much debate about Kante’s role under Frank Lampard.

Speaking about where he sees N’Golo fitting into his team, Frank said earlier this month: ‘My job would be to find the best position to get the best out of him in the team. ‘I’m fortunate to have a footballer like him, we’ll work, but I know the qualities and attributes he has and will try to get the most out of him.’