Report: Eight Chelsea players could miss pre-season friendly due to self-isolation - The Chelsea Chronicle

Report: Eight Chelsea players could miss pre-season friendly due to self-isolation

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could have a selection headache for the pre-season friendly against Brighton with eight first-team players reportedly in quarantine.

The Blues have returned to training since last week and have also announced their first pre-season game against Brighton at Amex Stadium on Saturday, August 29.

However, the fans have been left wondering why certain players were not present in the training pictures recently shared by the club.

And recent reports could help explain the question.

According to a report from the Guardian, at least eight Chelsea players are self-isolating after returning from their holiday following the government Covid-19 guidelines.

This includes Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who spent their break together at the Greek island of Mykonos.

The report also mentioned that this could be an issue for England manager Gareth Southgate who has named Abraham and Mount in the England squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland on September 5 and Denmark on September 8.

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According to another report from Goal, the Chelsea squad underwent coronavirus testing at the end of last week on their return to training, in line with the Premier League protocol.

The club have not confirmed any positive cases among the squad and the eight players could merely be in 14-day self-isolation after travelling overseas.

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