N’GOLO KANTE is back in full contact training with Chelsea.
The news is a huge boost for Blues boss Frank Lampard, who feared being without the World Cup winning-midfielder for much of the season end due to his concerns over coronavirus.
Kante took part in contact sessions on Monday and Tuesday, with the Blues posting photos showing him smiling with team-mates today.
He was said to look “sharp” in a series of rondos before scoring with a nice shot in the practice game.
Kante previously had been training in isolation after expressing his fears about contracting Covid-19.
But his future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain owing to Lampard’s interest in Kai Havertz.
Kante was granted compassionate leave by Chelsea bosses and it was originally not known when he would return.
But he was back at Cobham and training on his own at the end of May.
Reports claimed then that Kante was hesitant to return to the team while there was even the smallest chance he could test positive for coronavirus.
Kante suffered a health scare two years ago when he fainted in front of his team-mates at Chelsea’s training ground.
It is believed Lampard took an understanding approach to Kante’s issues and those reassurances prompted his return.
The former Leicester ace has returned a negative result whenever he has been tested for coronavirus.
But it is thought he will not be fit enough to star in Chelsea’s first game back against Aston Villa on June 21.
Instead, Lampard will aim for Kante to be fit for Chelsea’s run-in as the club look to book their Champions League spot for next season.
Speaking of next season, Chelsea will hope to have secured the £70million signing of Bayer Leverkusen winger Havertz by then.
They are now ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United for the 20-year-old Bundesliga sensation.
Incoming striker Timo Werner has not even put pen to paper on a five year contract but already Lampard is looking for more arrivals.
Although to do so it is believed the Blues will have to use a one-in-one-out policy.
That could lead to Kante going to Paris Saint-Germain, the Ligue 1 champs who have long been admirers of his.
By: Sam Morgan
Title: Kante returns to full Chelsea training with future at club uncertain as Lampard targets transfer for Kai Havertz
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11819817/chelsea-kante-returns-training-havertz/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 13:47:01 +0000