The Blues have taken the decision to fly back from Ireland this morning and will continue their pre-season work at Cobham.

Chelsea have taken the decision to end their week-long training camp in Ireland early and the Blues squad will fly back to England this morning, understands.

Thomas Tuchel, his coaching team, 26 players, and club staff departed for Dublin on Tuesday and had planned to remain at their base, the Carton House Hotel, until the morning of Tuesday, July 27.

The Blues were also set to be in match action during their time in Ireland, with a game against Drogheda United organised for yesterday evening.

However, after one of the Blues’ players returned a potential positive Covid-19 test, the match was cancelled at late notice and an intra-squad friendly played in its place.

The decision was subsequently taken for the first-team group to return to England today rather than remaining in Ireland until next Tuesday as planned and then flying back for the friendly against Bournemouth.

“With the cancellation of last night‘s friendly game, the team’s training camp has moved back to the club’s training ground early to continue preparations for the game against Bournemouth.”

During Chelsea’s stay at Carton House, supporters were seen greeting players and asking them to pose for pictures, albeit from a distance. There were concerns that this is how the Chelsea player had contracted coronavirus.

However, we understand fans weren’t deemed to be an issue and that they respected social distancing measures. Chelsea also have no complaints about the venue they stayed in.

The intra-squad friendly organised between the available players ended 1-1 with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Armando Broja on the scoresheet.

The runout will have proved beneficial for the players’ fitness, but there will be frustration among Thomas Tuchel’s coaching team that the competitiveness of playing an unfamiliar opponent was lost.

Chelsea are next expected to be in action against Bournemouth on Tuesday before friendlies against Arsenal on August 1 and Tottenham on August 4.

The Blues do not currently have any other pre-season games scheduled before the take on Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup on August 11.

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