Gareth Southgate has been dealt a blow ahead of England’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers with Mason Mount set to pull out of the squad.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed that the 24-year-old is still struggling with a pubic bone injury.
Chelsea star Mount has missed the club’s last three games due to a pubic bone problem
Potter has revealed Mount is set to pull out of the England squad due to injury
Mount was one of four Blues players that were named in Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the upcoming matches against Italy and Ukraine.
But in a blow for Southgate and Chelsea fans, Potter has declared he will need to recover over the international break alongside teammate Raheem Sterling, who is dealing with his own hamstring knock.
Delivering an update on Chelsea’s team news in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s home game against Everton, Potter said: “Raheem’s problem with his hamstring isn’t too serious.
“But he’ll miss the game at the weekend and he’ll miss the international trip [with England], same with Mason.
“Mason has been struggling a little bit with his pubic bone, he wasn’t one hundred per cent the last game, and he’s still not quite there.
“So he’ll miss the England camp as well.”
Mount has scored five goals in 36 appearances for the Three Lions
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Mount has missed Chelsea’s last three games in all competitions due to the injury, with the club going on a winning streak in his absence.
But in a major boost for the west London outfit, Potter has stated that N’Golo Kante is in line to return to the matchday squad.
The Frenchman has been sidelined for the last seven months with a hamstring injury, with his last outing coming in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham in August.
Commenting on the fitness of the 31-year-old, Potter remarked: “There is a chance he could be in the squad. It’s the first time [since he’s took over] so it’s fantastic.”
Chelsea are in line to welcome back Kante into their matchday squad
He added of the 2018 World Cup winner: “Managers before me have spoken very highly of N’Golo because he’s a top, top player.
“He’s been a huge miss for us. That’s not to say that the other players haven’t given absolutely everything, because they have, but N’Golo Kante is N’Golo Kante.
“He’s a top player, so it’s great for us that he’s back.
“We need to be mindful of the fact that he’s had a long injury, we need to make the next steps to get him up to speed properly in the Premier League which is what we’ll do, but it’s great to have him back with us.”
Kante is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but the Blues are keen to tie him down to a new contract.
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