Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has shown his support to teammate N'Golo Kante after the Frenchman was granted compassionate leave by Frank Lampard.
The Blues returned to training last week in small groups, however Kante relayed his concerns to boss Frank Lampard, and was allowed to take time off.
One of Kante's brothers - Niama - died of a heart attack shortly before the 2018 World Cup and his father also passed when he was just 11.
Speaking to TNT Sports, Caballero revealed the whole Chelsea squad are behind him and fully respect his decision.
"It’s very understandable," said Caballero. "He tested negative for COVID-19 but he had a bad time of it during quarantine with symptoms of the virus that gave him that fear.
"We respect him and we’ll wait until he feels comfortable because the truth is that to do what we’re doing you have to feel okay and feel confidence and after we start again, we have to all go forward together.
"N’Golo is a very humble and hard-working person who is always smiling and and he must have his reasons to lift up his hand and say what he’s said.
"We did a lot of Zoom meetings with Frank Lampard and the other players and he said he didn’t feel safe going back to training because of the way he had felt over the last few weeks.
"We know he’s someone who loves training and running and is incapable of lying about something like this.
"We support him and we respect him."