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Chelsea the latest PL club to see pre-season interrupted as Drogheda clash called off at last minute

Chelsea the latest PL club to see pre-season interrupted as Drogheda clash called off at last minute

 

Premier League giants Chelsea will not play out their planned friendly meeting with Drogheda United on Thursday evening, it has been confirmed.

Covid chaos

Pre-season preparations across the English top-flight, to date, have of course proven something of a mess.

The chief reason for this, inevitably, has been Covid-19.

First, this day last week, it was confirmed that Arsenal’s London Colney training ground had been hit by an outbreak, forcing the club into a shutdown to allow for a deep clean.

The Gunners’ annual pre-season trip to the United States, in turn, was cancelled on Tuesday, following a ‘small number’ of positive tests among Mikel Arteta’s squad:

Leicester City, meanwhile, have too faced issues of late, amid a ‘logistical nightmare’ in attempting to reintegrate the host of Foxes stars returning from international duty.

And Manchester City joined the club earlier today, after seeing their scheduled pre-season friendly showdown with French outfit Troyes cancelled on the back of an update to the quarantine rules for those returning to the UK from France:

Blues affected

As outlined above, though, the nightmare that has proven the Premier League pre-season landscape has, on Thursday evening, continued to worsen.

As confirmed by a host of sources across social media, Chelsea have seen their meeting with Irish outfit Drogheda United, scheduled to get underway in less than an hour’s time, called off at the last minute.

An exact explanation for the decision has not yet been provided.

According to football.london, Thomas Tuchel’s squad, who have been ramping up their preparations on the outskirts of Dublin for the last two days, will instead carry out an extra training session over the coming hours.

*Update* – Chelsea have since released a statement, confirming a ‘possible positive Covid case’ in the club’s ranks:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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