Players from the first-team, development and youth squads report back to Cobham on Monday

The countdown to the new season is on. We’re only 44 days away from facing Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 Premier League.

The celebrations in Baku are now well in the rear-view as we now look towards a new season with a new manager for the third consecutive year.

With the season fast approaching us, we have to start thinking about when Chelsea return to Cobham to begin their pre-season training in preparation for the new campaign.

But when do the players return exactly? The answer to that is next Monday (July 1st), which is roughly five weeks since the UEFA Europa League Final.

With only three days until players report back for duty, here’s what to expect over the next few weeks before Chelsea once again kick a ball in (competitive) anger…

WHEN WILL THE PLAYERS REPORT BACK TO COBHAM?

As already mentioned, players representing the first-team, development and youth squads will be reporting back to Cobham next Monday.

Expect the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga to report back for the first day of pre-season training next week (Photo – Chelsea FC)

Whilst not every player will return next week, (at the time of writing) Chelsea can expect as many EIGHTY-TWO players – across all squads – reporting back to the club over the next few weeks, although some development squad and youth teams have already returned to the club this week.

Callum Hudson-Odoi with his UEFA Europa League winners’ medal as he continues his recovery from the achilles injury he suffered back in April (Photo – Chelsea FC)

Those who are currently injured (most notably Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Antonio Rüdiger) will have already been back at Cobham as part of their rehabilitation. Will they take part in any of the pre-season? That depends at what stage of their recovery period they are currently are, with them all being assessed on a daily basis no doubt.

WILL ALL THE PLAYERS ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY RETURN?

With Chelsea being seen as one of the biggest clubs in world football, that means the calibre of player that plays for the Blues is of the highest order. And this shows especially at the international level when many players will represent the club for their respective nations.

Now you could think that this summer this is an ‘off’ summer for international football as there is no FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championships being played. But this is not the case as football is very much a ’24/7′ sport and international tournaments will be played every year.

Just this summer alone – we will have the UEFA Nations League (Finals), the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and the CONNEMBOL Copa América.

Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring for the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup (Photo – Goal)

And across those five international tournaments, the following Chelsea players will have had represented their respective nations –

• Ross Barkley (England – UEFA Nations League Finals)
• Jake Clarke-Salter (England – UEFA European Under-21 Championship)
• Fikayo Tomori (England – UEFA European Under-21 Championship)
• Mason Mount (England – UEFA European Under-21 Championship)
• Tammy Abraham (England – UEFA European Under-21 Championship)
• Christian Pulisic (USA – CONCACAF Gold Cup)
• Matt Miazga (USA – CONCACAF Gold Cup)
• Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria CAF Africa Cup of Nations)
• Baba Rahman (Ghana – CAF Africa Cup of Nations)
• Willian (Brazil – CONNEMBOL Copa América)

The regulatory period off after international duty is three weeks, so expect some of these players (if not all) to report back after the core of the player base that will already have.

2019-20 PRE-SEASON KEY DATES

The following dates are the key dates for what to expect from Chelsea during their pre-season campaign, in preparation for the visit to Old Trafford next month –

• 1st July – Players report to back to Cobham to begin pre-season training
• 10th July vs. Bohemians (Dalymount Park – Dublin, Ireland)
• 13th July vs. St Patrick’s Athletic (Richmond Park – Dublin, Ireland)
• 19th July vs. Kawasaki Frontale (Nissan Stadium – Yokohama, Japan)
• 23rd July vs. FC Barcelona (Saitama Stadium – Saitama, Japan)
• 28th July vs. Reading (Madejski Stadium – Reading, England)
• 31st July vs. RB Salzburg (Red Bull Arena – Salzburg, Austria)
• 3rd August vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Borussia-Park – Mönchengladbach, Germany)

All that remains now is for a manager to actually manage this pre-season…

Terry Sazio

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