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Chelsea cancel preseason friendly over ‘possible case of COVID-19’ as anonymous player isolated from rest of squad


Chelsea have called off a preseason friendly due to a ‘possible case of COVID-19’ in their squad.

One of the players returned a possible positive test and was isolated as a precaution.

Chelsea are currently in Ireland to prepare for the 2021/22 season
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The Blues were due to play a closed-door game against Irish side Drogheda United, but had to postpone.

A Chelsea spokesperson said: ‘Earlier today we had a possible positive Covid case that we are investigating. The individual was isolated from the rest of the group.

“We have also decided, as a precaution, to cancel tonight’s closed-door game against Drogheda.”

Chelsea cancel preseason friendly over ‘possible case of COVID-19’ as anonymous player isolated from rest of squad
Thomas Tuchel had to change his plans at the last minute
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It is not clear at this point if other team members could be affected as possible close contacts.

It follows news that Arsenal and Everton were hit by coronavirus outbreaks ahead of their pre-season tours to Florida.

The Premier League clubs were due to compete in the Florida Cup, which kicks off this weekend, as part of their preparation for the new Premier League season.

Fabian Delph has tested positive and will miss the tour, but the rest of the team plan to continue the trip.

Chelsea cancel preseason friendly over ‘possible case of COVID-19’ as anonymous player isolated from rest of squad
Arsenal’s pre-season preparations have been plunged into chaos
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The Gunners withdrew after a number of first-team players and youngsters tested positive for COVID-19.

The club said the affected members of the traveling party were not showing any symptoms but were now in isolation at home.

“We fully understand how disappointing it is for our American supporters who have been eagerly awaiting us to compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season preparation,” said a statement.

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