Preparations continue apace ahead of Chelsea’s first game following the pandemic pause, and those include making sure our shirts are ready with significant changes and additions.

It was announced last week the Premier League supports the players’ wish to have their names replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 campaign, and that for rest of the season a Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.Those will be visible when the competition resumes with two matches later today, and at Aston Villa on Sunday where Chelsea will be back in action after over 100 days without a game.While getting the shirts ready for match at Villa Park, our kit staff filmed and photographed this work, and they have made those images available here so our fans can have an early peak at what the kit, with the changes, will look like this weekend.Those can be seen in the video above, and here below is how our captain’s shirt will look like from behind when he leads the team out on Sunday, when our quest for a top-four finish can continue at last!

This was the Premier League players’ statement on Friday:‘We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their colour or creed. This symbol is a sign of unity from all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.’