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.