France international N’Golo Kante has returned to Chelsea training after being allowed to stay away due to coronavirus fears. Kante, 29, participated in the Blues’ first session on 19 May but chose to train at home for some reasons and the move was approved by Chelsea.
The French midfielder who has been a key man at Stamford Bridge since he joined from Leicester City has now resumed individual training at the club’s Cobham base.
It can be recalled that Kante fainted after a training session in 2018, an incident which sparked concerns amongst his teammates and football fans in general. His brother also died of a heart attack the same year.
According to the Office for National Statistics, black men and women are almost twice likely to die from COVID-19 as white people in England and Wales. The decision by N’Golo Kante came after a similar stance was taken by Watford captain Troy Deeney.
The fears that triggered Kante into staying out of action is one that can’t be taken likely considering how energetic, tireless, and workaholic the French midfielder is when he is all about his business on the pitch.
He’s actually one of the midfielders in the Premier League and Europe with high stamina levels. However, his age appears to be getting to him recently as he has not had the kind of season one would expect of him under Frank Lampard this season.
Recurring injuries have kept him out of action occasionally this season and there is also the issue of if he fits into Frank Lampard’s style of play.
The Frenchman has been deprived of his traditional defensive midfield role since the arrival of Jorginho and it has also been the case this season.
Meanwhile, Premier League clubs have begun phase two of the return to training. This phase allows for contact and tackling during training and it was announced that the Premier League is set o restart matches on June 17.