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Willy Caballero backs Team-mate N’golo Kante over training absence due to coronavirus fear

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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has backed N’Golo Kante’s decision to stay away from training over coronavirus fears.

The World Cup winning Frenchman was given permission to skip the club’s return to work last week and has even been allowed to miss the rest of the season by Frank Lampard.

Kante has suffered with health problems in the past,collapsing in the club’s Cobham dressing room two years ago and lost his brother to his heart attack just weeks before France’s triumph in Russia in 2018.

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And Argentine shot-stopper Caballero believes his team-mate is fully within his rights to keep his distance due to fears surrounding the virus.

‘It’s very understandable’, the 38-year-old told TNT Sports in an Instagram Live interview.

‘He tested negative for Covid-19 but he had a bad time of it during quarantine with symptoms of the virus that gave him that fear.

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‘We respect him and we’ll wait until he feels
comfortable because the truth is that to do what we’re doing you have to feel okay and feel confidence and after we start again, we have to all go forward together.

is a very humble and hard-working
person who is always smiling and and he must have his reasons to lift up his hand and say what he’s said.

“We did a lot of Zoom meetings with Frank
Lampard and the other players and he said he didn’t feel safe going back to training because of the way he had felt over the last few weeks.

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“We know he’s someone who loves training
and running and is incapable of lying about
something like this.

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“We support him and we respect him.”

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