N’Golo Kante is prepared to miss the rest of the Premier League season, if it resumes, amid fears over returning to Chelsea training due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The France international has been given permission to train at home and he has the full support of head coach Frank Lampard and the club’s board.
The 29-year-old, though, did return on Thursday to undergo a second round of coronavirus testing.
Kante lost his older brother to a heart attack just weeks before the World Cup in 2018. A few months earlier, the player himself fainted in training before being given a clean bill of health.
Troy Deeney and Danny Rose have also expressed concerns about returning to training with data from the Office of National Statistics suggesting black men and women are almost twice as likely to die from coronavirus compared to white men and women.
Chelsea are set to be without Kante for their last nine remaining Premier League games, if the season resumes.