N’Golo Kante missed Chelsea’s training session on Wednesday due to fears over the health situation around the coronavirus. Premier League clubs have been allowed to resume team training in small groups from Tuesday as preparations for the return of the 2019/20 season continue.
The French midfielder reported to the club’s first day of training on Tuesday but is believed to have declined to return on Wednessday, according to The Telegraph.
It’s believed the 29-year-old is cautious about returning to playing with the current state of the global pandemic. Frank Lampard is reported to have understood and been supportive of Kante’s decision not to return to training.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi was also absent from Wednesday’s session after falling ill. The winger’s condition is not related to coronavirus or his arrest last weekend. He has been prescribed a course of medication.
Kante is not the only footballer to hold concerns over a return to action during the coronavirus pandemic. Watford captain Troy Deeney has chosen not to return to training amid concerns over his family’s health and the increased risk posed to BAME players.
A number of other Hornets players opted not to attend training on Wednesday after Watford confirmed that one player – later revealed to be Adrian Mariappa – and two unidentified staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 and entered into a seven-day period of self-isolation.
The Premier League is aiming to return in mid-June having been suspended since March.