Chelsea’s preparation for the 2020-21 campaign have been thrown into chaos after they were hit by a coronavirus outbreak – with eight of their players missing pre-season as they self-isolate.
The west London club have confirmed a number of players have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in quarantine to limit the threat of further spreading among Frank Lampard’s squad ahead of next season.
Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori are all understood to be in self-isolation after they were pictured on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos before pre-season training began last weekend.
Ross Barkley, Palmieri Emerson, Jorginho and Michy Batshuayi are also reported to be staying away from Chelsea’s Cobham training based.
It is not known which of the players have tested positive but according to The Telegraph, claims that six players have the virus and a further two are quarantining because of close contact with those affected.
The players all underwent coronavirus tests at the end of last week ahead of their planned return to pre-season training in bid for 2020-21 campaign that starting on September 12.
But as a result of the need to quarantine, a number of Chelsea players have yet to report back to the club’s Cobham headquarters.