Chelsea’s stars are back in limited small group preparation with all completing their first round of coronavirus evaluation in mid-June attempts to return to the Premier League, with one surprising addition- Callum Hudson-Odoi.
In preparation of training starting again, training facilities will be disinfected, kits will be supplied to players’ homes. Plus, they don’t need to use the locker rooms and designated parking spaces have been allocated.
The Blues will still have to obey the strict protocols of the Premier League that were decided for their workouts in a video conference call on Monday. During non-contact sessions, they may work in groups of five, thus observing the mandates of social distancing.
Between Sunday and Monday, 19 of the 20 Premier League teams were tested for Covid-19 for their return to training after the pandemic disrupted sports around the UK and Europe.
The players received their results on Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm and Chelsea decided to practice at 4 pm after Frank Lampard had told his team to return directly after being cleared. Chelsea even tweeted the moment.
In Cobham, Hudson-Odoi was seen having undergone a negative examination and has allegedly been given the green-light to join practice.
This despite the fact that just days prior to the restart, he was arrested on allegations of rape. He was soon released, but no conclusive verdict has been declared.
Both Chelsea and Hudson-Odoi are yet to speak since Sunday night’s reports appeared.