Chelsea tell foreign players to come back ahead of possible EPL return

Chelsea tell foreign players to come back ahead of possible EPL return

- Chelsea are making preparations for Premier League return, having ordered their players to fly back to the UK

- There is no definite date for EPL action to resume, but there is an understanding the weekend of Saturday, June 13 is a possibility

- Arsenal and Brighton are among the clubs that have since opened their training grounds for players to exercise

- Whereas having action resume has widely been opposed, UEFA remains of the opinion European leagues are concluded

Chelsea are gearing up for a possible return of the Premier League after the club ordered all foreign players to come back to UK by Sunday, May 3, ahead of training.

The EPL is among those across the world abruptly halted following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

The league had an excess of 90 matches to conclude the campaign which has Liverpool topping the stands.

But with their peers cancelling the season altogether, Premier League chiefs remain optimistic the 2019/20 campaign will be played to its ultimate conclusion.

There is no definite date for the return of matches yet but Chelsea are said to be anxious not to get left behind with their preparations.

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SunSport reports it is for this reason the west London club has asked their foreign players to make an urgent return to resume training.

A number of first team players including Willian, Kepa, Marcos Alonso and Pedro were given special permission by the club to spend the coronavirus lockdown with their families.

However, they will now have to cut the stay short, with each one of them required back at the club.

It is understood the Blues want the players back because they may face quarantine having been abroad, and getting them back now will afford them a leeway in case they are required to stay in isolation again.

Earlier, reported that the English Premier League chiefs are planning to restart the season after it was suspended, no thanks to the novel coronavirus crisis.

SunSport reports that a proposed new timetable has been sent to all participating teams with June 8 scheduled for a restart of the competition.

It was gathered that the elite competition will run for just six weeks as all matches will be played behind closed-doors in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic.

League officials have sent new fixtures and timetable to all the 20 clubs as they prepare for a crucial meeting scheduled for Friday, May 1.

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