Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante ‘passed out in front of shocked Blues teammates’ before Man City trip
The former Leicester man fainted and momentarily lost consciousness at the club’s Cobham training ground on Friday, just two days before the away game at the Etihad, report The Telegraph.
Kante has since undergone tests on his heart, which thankfully came back clear.
Despite travelling with Chelsea to Manchester, Kante didn’t feature as Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 1-0 winners.
Kante was back in training on Monday morning (Image: Chelsea FC)
The Frenchman didn’t feature at the Etihad (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
The incident was brought into sharper focus when, just hours before kick-off, Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in is hotel room having suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wore a black armband in memory of the player, who he coached during his time in charge of Italy.
A Chelsea doctor is said to have arrived on the scene immediately and Kante was apparently cleared to play against City, but the decision was made to take no risks after the French international felt unwell on Sunday morning.
Kante was back at training on Monday morning and suffered no further complications. He is set to be available for Chelsea’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday and next week’s trip to Barcelona.
The 26-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s premier central midfielders after helping Leicester City to a stunning Premier League title in 2015-16.
He has featured 38 times for club and country so far this term.