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Chelsea back in training: what does phase one mean?

Everything you need to know about Chelsea's return to training, and some images from today's session at Cobham...

After two months away, the Chelsea players and some staff returned to Cobham on Tuesday afternoon to begin small group training, in line with the Premier League's Return to Training Protocol and UK Government guidelines on social distancing.

Frank Lampard and his assistants were present as the squad returned following a prolonged period away due to the lockdown measures implemented throughout the country.

Premier League shareholders voted unanimously on Monday in favour of a return to socially-distanced training, although contact training is not yet permitted. Players must train in small groups and the focus is on fitness work at this time.

When did Chelsea return to training?

The Blues were back at Cobham yesterday (Tuesday afternoon) for the beginning of Phase One training.

Frank Lampard and his assistants took the session, with players being split into small groups for running and stretching exercises.

Who returned for training?

As mentioned, Frank Lampard and his assistants – Jody Morris, Joe Edwards and Chris Jones – were back at Cobham. 

The men’s team players reported at Cobham for training and you can see from our gallery those who trained yesterday. 

What is Phase One training?

The Premier League announced that they had unanimously agreed that clubs could return to small group training from Tuesday afternoon – the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.

Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.

This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government.

Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

How long do the training sessions last?

The league’s medical adviser, Mark Gillett, stated that training sessions will be limited to 75 minutes.

Players can then access treatment if required for a further 15 minutes, and use gym equipment if necessary, provided they maintain social distancing and clean equipment after use.

When will training move into Phase Two?

Richard Masters, of the Premier League, said clubs will discuss protocols for the next stage, which will include contact training, on Tuesday, May 26.

How is Cobham set up?

Chelsea have utilised a significant part of our Cobham site, ensuring players are well spread out in line with the guidelines on social distancing.

There are a maximum number of players, coaches and staff allowed into our training facilities and all have been tested for coronavirus.

When will the Premier League restart?

No restart date has yet been confirmed. The return to small-group training was the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.

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