N’Golo Kante is close to making a full return from injury as his Chelsea comeback was cheered on by team-mates Mason Mount and Thiago Silva.
Kante hasn’t featured for Chelsea since August
Hamstring injury rehab nearly finished
Mount and Thiago watch behind-closed-doors friendly
The Athletic report that Kante played an hour in the friendly match, a 3-0 win for a Chelsea side against Charlton, and came through without any kind of knock or setback.
The 31-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match since August.
Mount and Thiago Silva, who have both also been out for lengthy periods of late, were both in attendance.
The England midfielder ever wore a ‘Kante 7’ shirt back to front, in support of his team-mate.
It’s been a long road back for Kante since he suffered a hamstring issue in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on August 14.
The club spent a record £106 million on midfielder Enzo Fernandez in January but Kante will now try to work
his way into Graham Potter’s plans.