Chelsea aces N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to MISS US pre-season tour because of their Covid-19 vaccination status

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N’GOLO KANTE and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are not part of Chelsea’s travelling party to the USA because of their Covid-19 vaccination status.

The Blues have confirmed the pair have not flown to Los Angeles as part of Thomas Tuchel’s 29-man squad.

N'Golo Kante has not travelled to the USA due to his Covid-19 vaccination status

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N’Golo Kante has not travelled to the USA due to his Covid-19 vaccination statusCredit: AFP
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was not on the flight to Los Angeles for the same reason as Kante

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek was not on the flight to Los Angeles for the same reason as KanteCredit: Alamy

Chelsea confirmed on their official website: “N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not travel due to their Covid vaccination status.”

It is unclear how many jabs Kante and Loftus-Cheek have had or whether they remain completely unvaccinated.

Travellers must show proof of vaccination to be allowed into the USA.

Only US citizens or those with an exemption are permitted to enter the country if they have not had the jab.

Kante and Loftus-Cheek were both sidelined in the recent campaign after testing positive for the virus.

The pair had been training at the club’s Cobham training base before the squad jetted stateside today.

Chelsea have flown to LA today for a training camp, before Tuchel’s side take on Mexican outfit Club America in Las Vegas on July 16.

Tuchel and Co will then travel to Charlotte to face MLS side Charlotte FC on July 20, before finishing the trip with a clash against Arsenal in Orlando on July 23.

Chelsea travelling squad for pre-season tour to USA

Goalkeepers

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Marcus Bettinelli
Edouard Mendy
Teddy Sharman-Lowe

Defenders

Marcos Alonso
Ethan Ampadu
Cesar Azpilicueta
Trevoh Chalobah
Ben Chilwell
Levi Colwill
Reece James
Kenedy
Emerson Palmieri
Malang Sarr
Thiago Silva

Midfielders

Ross Barkley
Conor Gallagher
Billy Gilmour
Jorginho
Mateo Kovacic
Mason Mount
Harvey Vale

Forwards

Tino Anjorin
Michy Batshuayi
Kai Havertz
Callum Hudson-Odoi
Christian Pulisic
Timo Werner
Hakim Ziyech

Striker Armando Broja also hasn’t travelled, but the Blues hope he will fly across the pond next week to join up with the squad.

Defenders Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are part of the travelling party, despite both being linked with switches to Barcelona.

Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu, Michy Batshuayi, Emerson, Tino Anjorin and Levi Colwill are all in too after returning from their respective loan spells.

Chelsea have flown to LA today for a pre-season tour

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Chelsea have flown to LA today for a pre-season tourCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfypbaYrbEW/?hl=en
The Blues posted pictures to their social media accounts of the squad heading Stateside

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The Blues posted pictures to their social media accounts of the squad heading StatesideCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfypbaYrbEW/?hl=en
Marcos Alonso gave a thumbs-up as he boarded the plane

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Marcos Alonso gave a thumbs-up as he boarded the planeCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfypbaYrbEW/?hl=en

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