Chelsea grants N'Golo Kante 'compassionate leave' over coronavirus concerns

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Earlier this week, multiple English Premier League clubs had their players bust out their training boots and return to the pitch for practice. This included Chelsea, with studs eager to get back to it. 

 

However, not everyone was pumped at the thought of returning in the middle of a global pandemic. Citing fears of the coronavirus spreading, N'Golo Kante has asked the club to stay away from practices for now.

 

Chelsea has shown its full support in Kante, granting him compassionate leave for the time being. 

The midfielder, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, was present for the team's session on Tuesday, but then was not seen at practice on Wednesday. He has been away from the club practices ever since. 

 

In an interview with 90min.com, veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero showed support for his teammate, saying he understood why he decided to stay safe at home instead of going through drills. 

 

"Many do not want to return until they feel guarantees and security," Caballero told 90min. "I believe that in this phase, the risk of contagion is very low and that is why we feel very confident. But above all, the entire team supports what Kante did."

 

For now, we'll have to wait and see if any other players on Chelsea join Kante in leaving the practice fields over their concerns.