COVID-19: Kante decides to stay away from Chelsea training

Ruben Hill
May 22, 2020

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

Although N'Golo Kante returned to Chelsea for training earlier this week, the 2018 FIFA World Cup victor has now reportedly decided he will not train under the current circumstances.

The France worldwide has been given permission to train at home and he has the full support of head coach Frank Lampard and the club's board.

It is unclear when the France global will train again.

On Tuesday, it was announced that there had been six positive tests across three Premier League clubs, including one from Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.

But he has since made a decision to train at home, a move supported by Chelsea.

"Ever since I got my positive result back on Tuesday, I've been scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus", Mariappa told the Telegraph.

The French midfielder was spotted on the club's training ground this week, but has been granted compassionate leave amid the uncertainty following the coronavirus outbreak in England.

Kante's decision to stay at home comes after Watford captain Troy Deeney chose not to join his team for training. It's obviously unusual and something that we're not used to but.

"There is a lot less people at the training ground when we go in".

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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