N’Golo Kanté is expected to be side-lined for four months after underdoing a successful operation on his hamstring. The midfielder has been dealing with that injury since the second game of the season and looked to be close to returning the other week before suffering a setback. Following a consultation this weekend, it evidently had been decided that surgery would be the best course of action.
Kanté has been dealing with various minor injuries for the past few years, and in a way, this is not unexpected evolution of that unfortunate trend. Questions have been raised increasingly often about his viability as a key player in the squad — uncomfortably and quietly at first, but more and more obviously more recently — and this development will only emphasize those concerns. And it will likely affect his contract talks with the club as well, which have been already trending towards a separation at the end of this season.