N’Golo Kante was taken off injured in the early stages of Chelsea’s meeting with Watford on Sunday after suffering an apparent hamstring injury.
The midfielder went down off the ball less than 10 minutes into the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge with the teams still tied at 0-0. The Chelsea medical staff quickly signalled he needed to be taken off and was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The France star’s injury makes him a doubt for the Blues’ remaining games of the season. Maurizio Sarri’s side host Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday looking to book their place in the Europa League final, having drawn 1-1 with the German side in the first leg.
Next week, they travel to Kante’s former side as they end their Premier League campaign with an away game against Leicester City.
Chelsea have drawn their last three games to leave them in danger of falling out of the Premier League top four, with Manchester United and Arsenal breathing down their necks.
Kante has played a key role in the London team’s campaign, having scored five goals and set up four in 51 appearances in all competitions.
The suspected hamstring problem is his second injury in recent weeks as the 28-year-old suffered a rib injury last month against Burnley, but he was fit enough to feature in the subsequent clashes with Manchester United and Frankfurt.