Chelsea’s pre-season preparations in Ireland took a hit on Thursday as they had to cancel the friendly with Drogheda United due to one of the Blues players becoming a coronavirus problem.
The Champions League winners were preparing for their third day near Dublin when they had to tell the League of Ireland Premier Division team that one of their players had returned a possible positive COVID-19 test.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “Today we had a possible positive case of the coronavirus 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 match against Drogheda.
Instead of the 90-minute training, Thomas Tuchel held another training session as he attempted to fight an already poor pre-season due to the delay of many of his players in the return after Euro 2020 and Copa America duty.
Peterborough United provided the Blues’ only pre-season preparation so far behind closed doors at Cobham, which Tuchel’s men won 6-1, but Chelsea still have significant work to do before the European Super Cup match against Villarreal l ’11 August.
Chelsea, however, are planning more friendlies against Bournemouth, Arsenal and Tottenham as they race against time to get fit for their first official match of 2021-22.
Chelsea manager Tuchel has yet to strengthen this transfer window, instead watching the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses seek out new challenges in various leagues across Europe.