Jules Kounde to undergo surgery on long-term issue

Sevilla have confirmed that Chelsea target Jules Kounde will undergo surgery on Tuesday to address a long-term fitness issue.

The centre-back started on the right side of France’s defence in Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Croatia but was hauled off at half-time, with Didier Deschamps later confirming that Kounde was not at 100%.

“I knew very well his physical condition,” Deschamps told L’Equipe. “Tomorrow, he will have surgery because he has a problem which dates back several months.”

While reports have speculated that Kounde is suffering from a hamstring injury, Sevilla have released a statement to reveal that the 23-year-old has actually been dealing with ‘minor discomfort’ in his groin and will return to Bordeaux for a procedure which has been planned for a few weeks now.

Sevilla stress that, should all go to plan, Kounde will be fit to start the 2022/23 season, although just where he will be playing remains to be seen.