Chelsea duo miss preseason tour due to U.S Covid mandate

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N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to miss Chelsea preseason tour in the United States.

Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek miss the United States preseason tour due to the Covid vaccination status.

The United States entry rule states that all visitors that are above 18 must be double vaccinated against the virus.

The club confirmed the news when announcing a 29-man squad of players that will face Club America in Las Vegas, Charlotte FC in Los Angeles and Premier League rivals Arsenal in Florida.

Loftus-Cheek tested positive for COVID-19 in August last year while France international Kante returned a positive test ahead of a Champions League group game against Juventus the following month.

Manager Thomas Tuchel said at the time that did not know how many of his players had been vaccinated and although he had taken the jab, he would not force others to do so.

Chelsea travel on Saturday and will spend a week in a training camp in LA before their first game.

U.S. international Christian Pulisic is named in a travelling squad by Thomas Tuchel that also includes Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Reece James and Thiago Silva.

Left back Ben Chilwell and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who both missed large chunks of last season through injury, were included in the 29-man squad that will play three games in the U.S starting with Club America on July 16.

Chelsea finished third in the league last season and will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Everton on Aug. 6.



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