Chelsea pre-season interrupted by positive Covid tests and quarantine | Football

Chelsea’s pre-season plans met with complications after it emerged that a number of Frank Lampard players tested positive for Covid-19 and others self-isolated even though they don’t have the virus.

The Guardian understands that at least four players have returned positive tests.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori isolate themselves after returning from their vacation in Mykonos, and four other players – Emerson, Michy Batshuayi, Ross Barkley and Jorginho – are believed to be away from the training ground under Covid. . -19 guidelines.

Mykonos is not on the list of places people must self-isolate on their return to the UK.

Abraham and Mount will report as scheduled for England’s Nations League matches against Iceland on September 5 and Denmark on September 8. Gareth Southgate was aware of any quarantine issues when he called his team.

Chelsea returned to training last week and are continuing preparations with a friendly match in Brighton on Saturday. Their first competitive match, also in Brighton, is on 14 September.

The club are close to confirming the arrival of center-back Thiago Silva following his release by Paris Saint-Germain and have announced the signing of Malang Sarr, another center-back, on a free-kick.

The 21-year-old Sarr, available after not agreeing the terms for a new deal with Nice, has a five-year contract and is expected to move to Germany on loan. Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Borussia Mönchengadbach are interested.

“The opportunity to sign Malang was one we couldn’t miss,” said Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia. “He is an extraordinary prospect and we will monitor him closely during his loan period, hoping he will return to Chelsea soon.” The club confirmed the arrival of left-back Ben Chilwell on Wednesday with a £ 50m transfer from Leicester.

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