Chelsea’s players are back training in restricted small groups after they all passed their first phase of screening for coronavirus amid attempts for the Premier League to return by mid-June.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was pictured at Cobham having had a negative test days after he was arrested following allegations of rape. Both Chelsea and Hudson-Odoi have yet to comment after the news emerged on Sunday night.
19 of the 20 Premier League clubs were screened for Covid-19 on Sunday and Monday with the pandemic having disrupted football across the United Kingdom and Europe.
The players were given their results at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon and Chelsea opted to train from 4pm after Frank Lampard instructed his players to immediately return upon being cleared.
The session marked Chelsea’s first day back on the training ground in groups for 72 days, having been allowed to do solo sessions with a doctor present in recent weeks since lockdown was introduced in London.
The Blues players still have to follow phase one of the Premier League’s strict protocols which were agreed on Monday in a video conference call for their sessions.
They will work in groups of five in non-contact sessions while maintaining social distancing. All training equipment will be disinfected, kit will be delivered to players’ homes so they don’t need to use the dressing rooms, and designated parking spaces have been allocated.
There will then be another phase to be voted on by the 20 Premier League clubs to loosen restrictions to get ready to resume the season.