N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Covid miss Chelsea preseason tour due to vaccination condition

N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not travel with Chelsea for the pre-season tour of the United States due to their COVID vaccination status.

The entry rule for the U.S. state is that all visitors over the age of 18, with the exception of U.S. citizens and others, must be vaccinated twice against the virus.

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

Loftus-Cheek tested positive for COVID-19 in August last year, while France International Kent tested positive ahead of next month’s Champions League group match against Juventus.

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

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

The American International Christian Police is named after Thomas Tuchel’s strong traveling party, which includes Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Reese James and Thiago Silva.

Left-back Ben Chilwell and winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, both of whom missed most of last season due to injuries, have been included in the 29-man squad that will play three games with Club America in the US from July 16.

Chelsea, who finished third in the league last season, began their new campaign by visiting Everton on 6 August.

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