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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante opted out of training due to concerns over his health. He was also given permission by the club to miss the rest of the season should he continue to feel uncomfortable.
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has backed the decision of the midfielder.
Caballero told TNT Sports: “It’s very understandable.
“He tested negative for Covid-19 but he had a bad time of it during quarantine with symptoms of the virus that gave him that fear.
“We respect him and we’ll wait until he feels comfortable because the truth is that to do what we’re doing you have to feel okay and feel confidence and after we start again, we have to all go forward together.
“N’Golo is a very humble and hard-working person who is always smiling and and he must have his reasons to lift up his hand and say what he’s said.
“We did a lot of Zoom meetings with Frank Lampard and the other players and he said he didn’t feel safe going back to training because of the way he had felt over the last few weeks.
“We know he’s someone who loves training and running and is incapable of lying about something like this.
“We support him and we respect him.”