Premier League giants Chelsea will not play out their planned friendly meeting with Drogheda United on Thursday evening, it has been confirmed.
Pre-season preparations across the English top-flight, to date, have of course proven something of a mess.
The chief reason for this, understandably, has been Covid-19.
First, this day last week, it was confirmed that Arsenal’s London Colney training ground had been hit by an outbreak, forcing the club to close their base to allow for a deep clean.
The Gunners’ annual pre-season trip to the United States, in turn, was cancelled on Tuesday, following a ‘small number’ of positive tests among Mikel Arteta’s squad:
Following a small number of positive COVID tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup.
This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.
â Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 20, 2021
Leicester City, meanwhile, have too faced issues of late, amid a âlogistical nightmareâ in attempting to reintegrateÂ the host of Foxes stars returning from international duty.
And Manchester City joined the club earlier today, after seeing their scheduled pre-season friendly showdown with French outfit Troyes cancelled on the back of an update to the quarantine rules for those returning to the UK from France:
Manchester City are disappointed to confirm that our planned pre-season friendly at fellow CFG club ES Troyes AC has been cancelled.
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â Manchester City (@ManCity) July 21, 2021
As outlined above, though, the nightmare that has proven the Premier League pre-season landscape has, on Thursday, continued to worsen.
As confirmed by a host of sources across social media, Chelsea have seen their meeting with Irish outfit Drogheda United, scheduled to get underway in less than an hour’s time,…