Chelsea began Monday with 21 players in camp but finished with 35, as ten first-team players and four youngsters (including Fikayo Tomori, whose status caused plenty of confusion) joined to make it quite a party over at Canton House in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
For those who had been there since Friday, the hard work continued with another double-session. For those who had just arrived, there was slightly lighter fare on the agenda. Soon enough the two groups will be combined, though some of the younger fringe players will head home after Wednesday’s first preseason friendly to presumably continue working on fitness with the development squad and/or look for loans or transfers.
A lot of last years first team players will join up with the squad tomorrow in Ireland. After the match on Wednesday a few of the younger lads will leave the training camp #CFC— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) July 7, 2019
As I said yesterday, some players will be returning to England after the game on Wednesday to carry on gaining fitness #CFC— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) July 8, 2019
Who stays and who goes remains to be seen. Some spots are undoubtedly nailed down, but some should be up for grabs. Many hard decisions will have to be made. Until then, it’s all fun and games and happiness.
Meanwhile, back at Cobham, Antonio Rüdiger’s putting in the hard work as well on the road to full fitness.