Written by by Jack Campanella, CNN Paris, France
Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante will receive a “disciplinary” punishment after failing a drugs test, British media reports on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old was allegedly administered toadflavones, an anti-inflammatory similar to ibuprofen, as a result of taking an EpiPen device at an October 2018 match against Anderlecht, according to the Evening Standard.
The Associated Press reported Kante tested positive for the chemical after going to attend England’s World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia.
The France international will be tested again at the end of May, after appearing in the first leg of the League Cup Final match between his club and Manchester City, the report added.
CNN has contacted Chelsea for comment on the story.
Kante has been a hugely influential player at Chelsea since arriving in England in 2016 after winning the French title with French club, Paris Saint-Germain.
In January, he became the first person to win four titles in two different leagues in the same season as he claimed the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup titles with Chelsea.
In his six seasons with the London club, Kante has been awarded four player of the year awards and won three other major trophies, including the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2017.
He won his second consecutive Premier League title with the Blues this season, leaving him second on the all-time leaderboard for most league appearances in the competition with 182, behind the 183 amassed by Zinedine Zidane.
However, Kante’s future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt with manager Maurizio Sarri saying in February that the versatile midfielder could be sold in the upcoming summer window.
The issue over the player’s B sample has exposed a growing doping problem in French football, and French government minister Nicolas Hulot told CNN Sport that he would be “working very hard on taking measures to tackle doping in football.”
“It’s no excuse, but I know from experience that only when you have a lucid vision do you want to take control of the sport. Now I will be joining with several French sports stars to fight this scourge,” he said.