Kante was substituted during Saturday's 1-0 win over Norwich City after picking up a hamstring injury which Ranieri previously desrcibed as "nothing serious", as reported by Sky Sports.
The Foxes, who lead second-placed Tottenham Hotspur by two points following Leonardo Ulloa's 89th-minute winner at the King Power Stadium, face both West Bromwich Albion and Watford this week and the Italian has now said he will give Kante some rest during those fixtures.
“N’Golo Kanté I think we’ll lose for the next two matches. He has a little pain with his hamstring so I give to him some rest,” Ranieri told a press conference, as quoted by Leicester's official Twitter feed.
CR: “[Against Norwich] We put King on and he plays very well with Drinkwater. I’m very confident in him.” #LeiWba— Leicester City (@LCFC) 29 February 2016
Kante, who cost Leicester £5.6m from Caen last summer, according to the Daily Mail, has been one of the Premier League's standout performers this season and was the first player in the division to make 100 successful tackles, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old has also made eight more interceptions than any other top-flight player in 2015-16 (111) and has the best minutes-per-interception rate of anyone who has made more than 10 appearances (one every 19.1 minutes).
|Position||Team||Interception MINS||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Idrissa Gueye||MF||Aston Villa||20.34||24||2,095|
Leicester have 11 matches remaining but are being closely pursued by Spurs, who have won their last six Premier League fixtures in a row since losing to the Foxes in January.
However another rival, Arsenal, lost ground on the pair this weekend, after falling to a 3-2 defeat against a youthful Manchester United side.