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What a second lockdown could mean for Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool’s Champions League hopes

The government are reportedly considering implementing a new national lockdown in England from next week.

A new order for people to stay at home could be announced on Monday due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

The hope is that a month-long lockdown could allow families to meet during the Christmas period, with a second wave predicted to peak around mid-December if no action is taken.

Exact details of a lockdown are yet to be announced but it is likely that some travel restrictions will be implemented.

If that is the case, it could well put Chelsea and other English clubs’ participation in the Champions League at risk.

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Currently, European matches are still able to go ahead due to the government’s allowance that cross-border elite sport can still take place.

Yet if this guidance changes with a new national lockdown, then clubs may be unable to host overseas teams in European matches.

UEFA have extended the deadline for group stage matches until January 28, with clubs being told that they have until then to complete their fixtures as a last resort.

If clubs are unable to host games due to government restrictions then they must look for a neutral venue in which their matches can take place and pick up the costs of any switch.

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