Chelsea’s Women’s FA Cup tie against Everton at Walton Hall Park on Sunday could be in danger of being called off with parts of the club’s Cobham training base having been closed for a deep clean following a case of COVID-19.
The Blues released an official club statement in the early hours of this morning confirming that the men’s building in their Cobham training facility has been closed with first team player Callum Hudson-Odoi having tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
A number of staff who use the men’s facility have been asked to self-isolate. At this stage, it is unknown whether any members of Chelsea’s women’s squad have come into contact with the men’s side of the club, however, the positive news is that it has been reported that the women’s training building remains open, possibly indicating that Emma Hayes and her full squad may be unaffected.
Chelsea’s men’s side are due to face Aston Villa tomorrow night, a game which will surely be postponed, while Hayes’ women’s side are scheduled to travel to Everton in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. There is nothing to suggest that any members of the women’s side have contracted the virus, but given the difficult situation which the country finds itself in, there is likely to be an assessment of whether the tie at Walton Hall Park can go ahead.
The Blues are likely to provide further updates on the situation at the club later today.