Why N'Golo Kante Refuses To Train

Ross Houston
May 23, 2020

The midfielder was allowed to skip the training by coach Frank Lampard after registering a negative coronavirus test and conducted his first socially distanced session on Tuesday.

Chelsea are prepared to allow N'Golo Kante to miss the rest of the 2019-20 season if his fears over coronavirus persist, according to reports.

The league confirmed on Tuesday that six people from three different clubs had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

But the 29-year-old missed Wednesday's small group practice with the blessing of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, who is reported to have allowed him to train at home on compassionate leave.

The former Leicester City star lost his older brother, Niama, to a heart attack before the World Cup in 2018 and the midfielder also lost his father when he was 11 years old.

Troy Deeney and Danny Rose have also expressed concerns about returning to training with data from the Office of National Statistics suggesting black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from coronavirus compared to white men and women.

Kante's decision to stay at home comes after Watford captain Troy Deeney chose not to join his team for training.

Chelsea have seen several other previously injured players come back after being out before the shutdown, including the likes of Abraham, Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.

DAILY POST had reported that Kante expressed safety concerns over a return to Chelsea's training amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase one training began at Premier League clubs this week with hopes that the season, suspended on 13 March, can resume in mid-June.

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