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Chelsea cancel pre-season friendly due to ‘possible COVID-19 case’ as unnamed player isolated from rest of squad

Chelsea have cancelled a pre-season friendly due to a ‘possible COVID-19 case’ in their squad.

One of the players has returned a possible positive test and has been isolated as a precaution.

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The Blues were due to play a behind closed doors game against Irish side Drogheda United, but had to postpone.

A Chelsea spokesman said: “Earlier today, 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.”

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It is unclear at this stage if any other members of the squad may be affected as possible close contacts.

It follows the news that both Arsenal and Everton were affected by coronavirus outbreaks ahead of their pre-season tours of Florida.

The Premier League clubs were set to compete in the Florida Cup, which begins this weekend, as part of their preparation for the new Premier League season.

Fabian Delph tested positive and will miss the tour, but the rest of the team are planning to carry on with the trip.

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The Gunners have pulled out after a number of first-team and youth player have tested positive for COVID-19.

The club said the affected members of the travelling party are not displaying any symptoms but are now in isolation at home.

“We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build up,” a statement read.

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