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Liverpool captain backs Kante and Deeney's decision over training return

Despite the fact that the Premier League's 20 teams returned to training on Tuesday, there have still been a handful of players who have chosen to hold off on coming back yet.

The two most high-profile so far are N'Golo Kante and Troy Deeney, both of whom have stated that medical reasons are behind their decisions.

For Kante, he has previous concerns over his own health, with heart issues running in his family. Whilst Deeney has a 5 month old that has struggled with health issues since birth.

The Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson though, a figure that many have been looking to throughout the pandemic, as a role model and spokesperson has back the pair over their decisions.

He told Sky Sports: "I fully respect their opinion and their decision to do that.

"I think everybody is in a different situation with their family and at home. Ultimately, if you don't feel comfortable or safe, you shouldn't feel forced or pressured to come into work.

"I fully respect the lads that don't feel comfortable as of yet, and I hope that they respect my opinion and that of the other players who have come back.

"Everybody's situation is different but ultimately, for me, I feel very safe here at the training ground, otherwise I wouldn't be here. My teammates as well.

"I can only really speak for us, but I fully respect people in different situations who don't feel comfortable.

"If any of my teammates felt like that, I would fully support them and back them until they felt it was right to come back."

Newcastle's currently on loan full back Danny Rose has come in for a lot of criticism this week, for declaring that he doesn't want to return to play for other people's entertainment and put himself at risk. With many point out that it's actually his job.

Many other players are likely to come to similar conclusions in the coming weeks but most seem happy enough to be back in training.

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