• Pierce O'Malley

N'Golo Kante granted leave of absence by Chelsea over COVID-19 fears

France World Cup champion N'Golo Kante, has been granted a leave of absence due to fears of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While Kante took part in small group training on Tuesday and testing negative for the virus, he stated that he had some concerns regarding attempts to resume the Premier League season. Kante believes that it is still not safe to train while the UK is still battling the pandemic. Manager Frank Lampard, gave Kante full consent to miss Wednesday's session and any of the future training sessions.

Lampard fully supports Kante's stance and it is not known when the Frenchman will return to Chelsea. Kante's brother Niamh, passed away of a heart attack shortly before the 2018 World Cup and also lost his father when he was 11 years old. During the 2018 season, Kante experienced a health scare of his own when he collapsed in front of his teammates at Chelsea's training center. Cardiology tests did not reveal any heart concerns but he missed the next game against Manchester City.

Here at Chelsea Insider, we stand with N'Golo Kante and his fears of contracting the coronavirus. During these uncertain times it is smart to go about our lives with caution and Kante is doing that by example.

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