Why Chelsea have decided to end their pre-season trip to Ireland four days early

Chelsea have taken the decision to end their week-long training camp in Ireland early and the Blues squad will fly back to England this today, football.london understands.

Thomas Tuchel, his coaching team, 26 players, and club staff flew out to Dublin on Tuesday and were meant to remain at their base, the Carton House Hotel, until the morning of Tuesday, July 27.

Chelsea were then scheduled to fly back to Bournemouth and play a pre-season friendly against the Cherries later that day.

However, after one of the Blues’ players returned a potential positive Covid-19 test yesterday, those plans have now been changed and first-team group will now head back to Cobham this morning. Chelsea have been contacted for confirmation.

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Chelsea were meant to play their second game of pre-season last night with a behind-closed-doors friendly with Drogheda scheduled.

But following the potential positive coronavirus test, the Blues were forced to call off the match at late notice.

A Chelsea spokesman said: “Earlier today (Wednesday), we had a possible positive Covid case which we are investigating. The individual has been isolated from the rest of the group. We also decided, as a precaution, to cancel tonight’s behind closed doors game against Drogheda.”

After the cancellation of the Drogheda friendlt, Chelsea ended up holding an intra-squad friendly at Carton House. The game ended 1-1 with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Armando Broja on target.

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