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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante resumed training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday, but has since skipped training since Wednesday, due to his fear of contracting the virus.
The World Cup winner is the only Chelsea player who’s absent from training and has been permitted by the club to not be a part of the team’s training.
The Premier League’s plan to resume action is just in its phase one, as the league is expected to fully resume next month. But reports claim that Kante might skip the entire season.
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has spoken about Kante’s situation, and believes that the group is sympathetic with his plea.
“Not only did N’Golo make that decision, but several players from other teams did the same. All decisions are understandable when expressed by how they have lived through this pandemic,” Caballero told 90min.
“Many do not want to return until they feel guarantees and security. I believe that in phase 1, the risk of contagion is very low and that is why we feel very confident. Beyond everything, the entire campus supports what Kanté did.
“We need a minimum of three weeks of preparation to get back physically well. When we have vacations, we usually have a month to get back in shape and now we have been standing inside our houses for two months. It is a physical and mental challenge for all players.”