Chelsea’s players are back in restricted small group preparation, after all, completing their first phase of coronavirus screening in mid-June attempts to return to the Premier League. In Cobham, Callum Hudson-Odoi was seen having had a negative examination days after being arrested on charges of rape. Chelsea and Hudson-Odoi have yet to comment after Sunday’s night news appeared.

On Sunday and Monday 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs were screened for Covid-19 with the pandemic disrupting football across the UK and Europe.

The players got their results on Tuesday at 2 pm and Chelsea opted to train from 4 pm after Frank Lampard had instructed his players to return immediately after being cleared.

The session marked Chelsea’s first day back in the group training ground for 72 days, having been allowed to do solo sessions with a doctor who has been present in recent weeks since lockdown in London was introduced.

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The Blues players still have to follow the strict protocols of phase one of the Premier League that were agreed for their sessions in a video conference call on Monday.

In non-contact sessions, they should work in groups of five, while maintaining social distance.

All training equipment will be disinfected, the kit will be delivered to players’ homes so they don’t need to use the dressing rooms and allocated designated parking spaces.

Richard Masters, chief executive of the Premier League, says he ‘s flexible on a Premier League return date after aiming to restart on June 12.

Richard Masters, chief executive of the Premier League, says that he is flexible on a Premier League return date after planning to restart on June 12.

The Premier League said in a statement: “This first stage was decided in consultation with players, coaches, club doctors from the Premier League, independent experts and the government.

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