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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante reportedly faints after training session

N’Golo Kante missed out on Chelsea’s visit to Manchester City on Sunday after fainting at the club’s training ground on Friday, according to reports.

Kante, 26, reportedly passed out after a training session at Cobham and subsequently undertook cardiology tests. The former Leicester City player felt unwell on Sunday morning despite being initially cleared to play and was left out of Antonio Conte’s squad.

As first reported by The Telegraph, the French midfielder was attended to by team doctors seconds after slumping over in the dressing room; after the incident he regained consciousness and was sent to a specialist who found no heart problems.

The incident is thought to have greatly alarmed Kanté’s Chelsea team-mates at the time, and was brought into sharp relief by the news of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori’s sudden death on Sunday.

The initial autopsy has revealed that Astori most likely suffered bradyarrhythmia — meaning his heartbeat got slower and slower until it stopped — while he was sleeping from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Italian authorities also confirmed that there will be further investigations into Astori’s passing with the results expected in 60 days.

Astori had 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.

Kante has reportedly been given a clean bill of health by Chelsea to play, and is available to feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and in the Champions League second-leg tie against FC Barcelona next week.

Chelsea confirms signing of Kante from Leicester


Chelsea confirmed that they have signed French international N’Golo Kante from Leicester City for a fee of around £30m in a five-year contract.

Kante, revealed his desire opportunity to seize the chance work under the new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

“I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me,” Kante said.

“The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.

“My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player,” he added. “I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and helping the club achieve a lot of success.”

Kante’s stamina and tenacity allowed him to make more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the Premier League last season, making him one of the most vital members of the club.

His transfer will be a huge blow to the club despite turning a large profit, having signed Kante for £5.5m from Caen last year.

The Foxes had been fighting to keep star performers in their fold, with Arsenal attempting to sign top scorer Jamie Vardy and rumours pointing to Riyad Mahrez’s impending exit.

The latter is set to reject the club’s offer of a new contract amid widespread interest from across Europe. He joined Leicester in 2014 from French side Le Havre for £375,000, but has now attracted widespread attention from clubs around Europe after his stellar performances in their title-winning season.

The Algerian attacker has further indicated that he desires a new challenge away from Claudio Ranieri’s team.

Leicester pulls ahead with five points and nine games left


As the end is in sight for the Premier League, all eyes will be on top of the table as Leicester City once again made it five points clear at the top and became the first team this season to get to the 60 point mark.

The Foxes drew against West Bromich during mid-week, but with a string of extremely good fortune saw title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal both beaten in their respective matches.

Coming into the match, they were handed a further boost as both London clubs drew in a fierce derby match.

The Leicester City start well characteristically, and energy from their returning defensive man N’Golo Kante puts up a solid wall against Watford attackers who struggled.

Then, Riyad Mahrez starred in the 56th minute, scoring his 15th league goal of the season as he took one touch before the 18-yard box and curl a left-foot shot into the top corner.

While the winger was substituted late in the game for what appears to be an injury, manager Claudio Ranieri later calmed everyone down, assuring that it was just a cramp.

Leicester City will have a nine-day break until they host a Newcastle United team who are struggling at the bottom of the league, and yet another shot to further their chances for sporting immortality.