N'Golo Kante has flown back to the United Kingdom as he steps up his rehabilitation on a knee injury he sustained towards the tail end of last season.
The injury to the Frenchman occurred during his side's 2-0 over Watford in May, with former manager Maurizio Sarri confessing after the match that he shouldn't have played the 28-year-old.
As a result, the Chelsea midfielder has played no part in his side's pre-season and has traveled back to England to continue working on the problem with the aim of being fit for the coming Premier League season, his club confirmed on their official website.
Frank Lampard's men are currently in Japan where their preparations have taken a less than perfect start.
For Kante, he watched from the stands but will now also play no part in the Blues' next fixture in the
Chelsea will then fly home to London after that game, but it is unclear whether Kante will be fit in time to take part in their next friendly against