Chelsea’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday evening is expected to go ahead as planned with supporters in attendance unless the government advise the Premier League to impose restrictions.
Frank Lampard’s team are preparing for the 5.30pm kick off as normal, with the league and clubs awaiting further information following a Cobra meeting on Thursday that could see the country move into the “delay” phase of the strategy to control coronavirus.
Chelsea have sold out their ticket allocation of 3,012 for the game.
While most of Europe has already announced suspensions or games behind closed doors, the Premier League’s current stance is to continue as normal. Prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to provide an update this afternoon.
Chelsea produced their most comfortable win of the season at home to Everton last Sunday afternoon, having also knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup, despite having nine players out through injury.
Lampard has been given a boost with Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic returning to training following an achilles injury.
Jorginho is suspended for the game, while N’Golo Kante, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi are among those still on the sidelines.
Villa were outclassed away to Leicester City on Monday night and Dean Smith is hanging to the manager’s job by a thread.
Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater was reported to have head-butted team-mate Jota in training and is unlikely to play for the midlands side again.Irrespective the former England midfielder would not be eligible to face his parent club.
The game is also set to be broadcast live on Sky ports.
This page will be updated with any developments as they happen.