Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has offered the club some hope for the ‘Project Restart’ after he returned to individual training on Thursday.
The midfielder was given permission to not return to group training after requesting to sit out amid fears of contracting the coronavirus disease.
Kante though tested negative for the first round if testing, forwarded his concerns to manager Frank Lampard and the Chelsea board as he missed Wednesday’s session.
Willy Caballero recently acknowledged that the rest of the Chelsea players have got the back of the France midfielder during this time.
Despite complaints from some section of players against returning to training, the Premier League have moved forward to the Phase Two of training which allows the players to engage in competitive and close contact training.
– Training alone at Cobham
– Will join main group when feels safe
– Concerned by +ve tests in PL
– Fears getting virus, infecting family
– Happy with Chelsea protocols; not knowing about opponents the worry
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While the squad trained in groups observing limited-contact, the 29-year-old also trained away from the group after missing Wednesday’s.
Lampard is hopeful that the player’s returning to the training ground, though for a solo training, would boost his chances of having him back for the restart of the top-flight. Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Matteo Kovacic are all back in full training.
Kante hasn’t really had a good time this season as he continued to suffer from injuries and only returned from a long spell on the sidelines just before football activities were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League stars such as Sergio Aguero, Danny Rose and Troy Deeney have all complained about plans to resume the league, with the latter thinking the league might have lost it integrity.
Despite the increasing concerns, the Premier League have agreed to resume playing after a meeting with managers and captains from the clubs on Tuesday as they were reassured of limited chances of contracting the virus.
June 17 have been set for the league to return with Manchester City playing Arsenal while Aston Villa take on Sheffield United.