Chelsea did not put any pressure on N’Golo Kante to return to training

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Regardless of the midfielder’s concerns about the coronavirus, N’Golo Kanté was given compassionate leave to miss Chelsea’s second day of phase one preparation.

Although on Tuesday after registering a negative coronavirus test, Kanté participated in Chelsea’s return to small group training, the France World Cup winner has reservations about attempts to restart the Premier League season.

The 29-year-old is unconvinced that training is secure as the UK remains in the grip of the pandemic and Frank Lampard and the club have given full consent to skip Wednesday’s session.

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Lampard completely supports Kanté ‘s attitude and it is unclear when the Frenchman, who trained yesterday at home, will return. Kanté’s elder brother Niamh died of a heart attack shortly before World Cup 2018 and he lost his father at age 11.

Kanté, a reserved character who is known to have lived mostly indoors with one of his brothers after the season’s suspension, also suffered a health scare when he collapsed two years ago in front of his teammates at Chelsea’s training ground. Tests showed no heart problems but Chelsea’s next game was missed by the former Leicester star.

Kante participated in the training on Tuesday, when some Premier League clubs resumed non-contact sessions, more than two months after the program was suspended by COVID-19.
Chelsea Chief Frank Lampard, however, allowed France International to skip the sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays due to concerns regarding the spread of the disease to his family.

The Blues completely welcomed Kante ‘s decision according to the Evening Standard and did not set a timetable for his return to group training.
Despite the issues posed by several figures in the game, Premier League clubs are working towards a return to competitive action on 12 June.

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