Chelsea will allow N’Golo Kanté to stay away from training because of coronavirus fears – even if it means he misses the rest of the season.
Kanté returned to limited training with his team-mates on Tuesday but has since decided to train at home, with the club’s blessing.
The French midfielder fainted in 2018 – the same year his brother died of a heart attack – and he is reportedly concerned about training and playing matches while the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing.
And the BBC report that Chelsea recognise Kanté has legitimate concerns and will not pressure him to change his mind, even if it means he doesn’t play again in 2019/20.
Troy Deeney has taken a similar stance and when explaining his decision, the Watford captain cited the fact that black, asian and mixed ethnicity people are almost twice as likely to die from coronavirus than white people in England and Wales.
Deeney’s five-month old son is also considered high risk due to a history of respiratory issues.
The Premier League are still hoping to resume the current season some time in June after clubs returned to socially distanced training in small groups earlier this week.