Premier League outfit Chelsea’s pre-season tour has been thrown into disarray after four first team members tested positive for covid-19.
Four other players have been put into quarantine over fears that they will infect more others, leaving the squad lean and uncertain even as the club prepares for 2020/2021 season which starts September 13.
According to Reuters, the four players who are believed to have tested positive are forwards Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and defender Fikayo Tomori.
As the new Premier League protocol dictates, all players must undergo covid-19 testing before they return for action.
Other clubs with players who have tested positive are Brighton, West Ham and Sheffield United.
The positive cases reported across the English Premier League clubs have so far totalled 14.
And with the league only less than three weeks away, authorities are now raising concerns over the ability of premier league clubs to protect their players.
Frank Lampard’s squad is set to play a friendly match against Brighton on Saturday in a match that will have 2,500 fans inside seated according to social distancing directives.
This is a new scheme being developed by experts that will allow for the gradual welcoming of fans back into the stadium after it was banned in March due to coronavirus pandemic.