Chelsea pressured to close academy after main COVID-19 outbreak
Chelsea have been pressured to close the doorways of the academy constructing at their Cobham coaching base after no fewer than 20 constructive circumstances of COVID-19 have been detected on the membership.
The Blues are one in all a handful of Premier League sides who lengthen their COVID-19 testing to the academy and youth sides, and outcomes of exams acquired on Monday have recognized a serious outbreak within the constructing.
That is in accordance with The Athletic’s Simon Johnson, who notes that the academy facet of Cobham is at the moment present process a deep clear and can stay shut to gamers and employees till at the very least the top of the week, when a recent resolution shall be made.
Critically, this outbreak just isn’t anticipated to affect Frank Lampard’s first group. Chelsea have saved their seniors and academy groups in separate bubbles, with gamers at the moment not permitted to maneuver between the 2 buildings with out particular permission.
Academy gamers Jude Soonsup-Bell, Lewis Bate, Henry Lawrence, Tino Livramento and Tino Anjorin have been a part of Lampard’s senior bubble within the build-up to the FA Cup third spherical tie with Morecambe, however it’s believed that the group swapped bubbles earlier than the outbreak.
Chelsea will clearly proceed to check their senior gamers, however it’s hoped that the one fixtures which shall be impacted by this shall be academy video games, with each the Below-23 and Below-18s dealing with postponement.
The event squad are scheduled to face West Ham on Friday, however that match now appears set to be cancelled, whereas the Below-18’s assembly with Brighton on Saturday might effectively comply with go well with if Chelsea can not get the scenario beneath management sooner.
Earlier than this outbreak, Chelsea had been comparatively lucky in terms of COVID-19. Summer time signing Kai Havertz examined constructive in November and has publicly admitted to nonetheless fighting the after-effects ever since, however that’s the solely case of the virus the Blues have had so far.
It is all a bit doom and gloom, however if you’d like some excellent news, Soonsup-Bell confirmed on Twitter that he has put pen to paper on knowledgeable deal on the membership.
The 17-year-old striker was chased by plenty of European giants, however someday after his birthday, he has dedicated his future to Chelsea.
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