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Chelsea were hit by the Covid-19 outbreak when EIGHT players were quarantined before returning to the preseason


Chelsea's preparations for the new season have been in turmoil after being hit by a coronavirus outbreak. Eight of their players missed the preseason because they isolated themselves.

The Blues have confirmed that a number of players have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in quarantine to limit the risk of further spread in Frank Lampard's roster.

Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori are all in self-isolation under government guidelines after they were pictured on vacation in the Greek island of Mykonos prior to the start of pre-season training last weekend.

Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi are also said to be staying away from Chelsea's Cobham base.

It is not known which of the players tested positive. The Telegraph reports that six players have the virus and two more are being quarantined for close contact with those affected.

Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are pictured together on Mykonos

Pulisic is pictured on his summer vacation in Mykonos

Mason Mount poses with Didier Drogba in Mykonos

Pulisic and Mason Mount (right with Didier Drogba) spent their off-season holidays in Mykonos

Mount (2nd from left) and Abraham (center) are said to be among Chelsea's self-isolating stars

Mount (2nd from left) and Abraham (center) are said to be among Chelsea's self-isolating stars

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi posted a photo of him in a helicopter on his Instagram page

Jorginho was back in Italy

Michy Batshuayi (left) was in France while Jorginho (right) was returning to Italy on vacation

All players were given coronavirus tests late last week before returning to pre-season training.

However, due to the need for quarantine, some Chelsea players have yet to report to the club's Cobham headquarters.

Abraham and Mount are on Gareth Southgate's English squad and their quarantine period could be a headache for the three lions as the Nations League is canceled in Iceland next Saturday.

Midfielder Barkley, who was injured from the Southgate squad, was also pictured in Mykonos.

Jorginho was on vacation in Capri, Italy, while Batshuayi was in Cannes, France.

None of them are back in season one training. Chelsea will play their first away game in Brighton on Saturday before the new Premier League season kicks off against the same opponents on September 14.

Tomori posted this photo from SantAnna Beach Club in Mykonos last week

Tomori posted this photo from SantAnna Beach Club in Mykonos last week

Emerson has yet to return to Chelsea's preseason

Ross Barkley was also on vacation in Mykonos

Emerson (left) and Ross Barkley (right) are also said to be self-isolating from Chelsea

It is believed that four players have not yet returned to pre-season training under Frank Lampard

It is believed that four players have not yet returned to pre-season training under Frank Lampard

Before Chelsea players went through their checks last week, it emerged that cases across the league had spiked after the players' summer break.

Fourteen positive tests were recorded at 12 different clubs that returned to pre-season training early last week, including Sheffield United, West Ham and Brighton.

Mykonos has proven to be a hotspot for Premier League footballers this summer as an alternative to the usual hangouts in Las Vegas, Ibiza and Marbella – all places where the Foreign Office advises against all non-essential travel.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was given a 21-month suspended sentence Tuesday after convicted of aggravated assault. He resisted arrest and repeated attempts at bribery after a dispute on the Greek island of Mykonos last week.

However, he may have to wait up to two years for his appeal to be heard in Greece due to a backlog of legal cases.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed left-back Ben Chilwell signing for around £ 50m from Leicester. And they are on the verge of taking their summer shopping spree above the £ 220 million mark by closing a deal for German star Kai Havertz.

Attacking midfielder Havertz closes his Bayer Leverkusen record on Wednesday. Seasoned defender Thiago Silva (35) will also be there for free after leaving the Champions League runner-up, Paris Saint-Germain.

Chilwell signed a five-year contract worth up to £ 190,000 a week after passing a medical exam that included a heel injury review from the end of last season.

There was a sharp spike in cases across the Premier League after the summer break

There was a sharp spike in cases across the Premier League after the summer break

Ben Chilwell sealed a £ 50m move from Leicester City to Chelsea on Wednesday

Ben Chilwell sealed a £ 50m move from Leicester City to Chelsea on Wednesday

The 23-year-old is Lampard's third newcomer. After the signings of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, his summer spending is around £ 136 million.

Chelsea are backing Lampard in the transfer market to bridge the gap with runaway champions Liverpool and Manchester City runners-up.

Chilwell has long been Lampard's No. 1 target for left-backs. Sportsmail In October, Chelsea announced that following prior interest from Manchester City, Chelsea had emerged as the front runner for his signature.

Alongside Havertz and Silva, Chelsea are on the verge of snatching free agent Malang Sarr before the 21-year-old French defender is loaned out. They still remain in the market for a goalkeeper and another center-back. Upon Chilwell's arrival, either Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso will depart.

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