N’Golo Kanté missed Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday after fainting at the club’s training ground on Friday, according to The Guardian.
The 26-year-old reportedly passed out after a training session at Cobham, and later underwent cardiology tests. Despite being initially cleared to play, Kanté felt unwell on Sunday morning and was left out of Antonio Conte’s squad.
It is believed Kante may have fainted because of the weather last week after going from a cold outdoor training session into a warm dressing room.
It was earlier reported that the French midfielder was attended to by team doctors seconds after slumping over in the dressing room. After regaining consciousness, Kanté was sent to a specialist, who found no heart problems.
The incident is thought to have greatly alarmed Kanté’s team-mates at the time, and was brought into sharp relief by the news of Fiorentina captain, Davide Astori’s sudden death on Sunday.
Astori played for Conte and several of his backroom staff with the Italian national team, and the Chelsea manager was visibly emotional in paying tribute to the defender before the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Kanté has returned to training on Monday and reportedly been given a clean bill of health by Chelsea, and is available to feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and in the Champions League second-leg tie in Barcelona next week.