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N'Golo Kante allowed to stay away as Chelsea train - in pictures

Midfielder reported to be unconvinced it is safe to resume training with team

N'Golo Kante has been allowed to stay away from Chelsea's return to training due to his fears regarding coronavirus.

The French World Cup winner joined Frank Lampard's squad on Tuesday as Chelsea resumed training following the Premier League's decision to allow limited training sessions.

However, the 29-year-old missed Wednesday's practice with the blessing of Chelsea manager Lampard, who is reported to have allowed him to train at home, according to AFP.

Kante, who tested negative for the virus during the first batch of checks, is said to be unconvinced it is safe to train with his teammates.

Midfielder Kante is reported to have mainly remained indoors with one of his brothers since the suspension of the Premier League season on March 13.

The former Leicester star experienced a health scare when he collapsed at Chelsea's training ground two years ago. Kante's elder brother Niamh died of a heart attack shortly before the 2018 World Cup.

Kante's decision to stay at home comes after Watford captain Troy Deeney chose not to join his team for training.

Updated: May 21, 2020 07:56 PM

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