With France International now being able to be involved in the remaining Premier League fixtures of the Blues, N’Golo Kante joined full contact training at Chelsea.
Suspicions had been cast over the participation of the midfielder in the side of Frank Lampard’s nine games this season still has to take.
Return to training initially ruled out any interaction between the players and staff, Kante played no role in the first step.
However, social distancing actions have been expedited in the Premier League’s regular rounds of Covid-19 testing.
Any of those taking the Blues past the finishing post remains to be seen, whether Kante will play any part in that outing.
He is still fairly in the fold as Lampard steps up his preparatory activities, and he wasn’t included in Saturday’s in-house preparation game at Stamford Bridge
For maximum match sharpness, Chelsea will continue to let Kante work at his own speed, which may result in him skipping the early rounds of fixtures.