Frank Lampard and his wife Christine hurry back from their family vacation in France to avoid quarantine
Frank Lampard and wife Christine rush back from family holiday in the south of France to avoid a two-week quarantine after the UK introduced new travel restrictions from Saturday
Frank Lampard has avoided going into a two-week quarantine and missing the start of Chelsea’s preseason by returning home from his holiday in France.
It comes as Premier League players, like many members of the public, rush to beat the UK’s new travel restrictions that take effect Saturday at 4pm.
Lampard was away with family in the coastal city of Antibes when news broke that France had been removed from the ‘safe’ list. Holland has also been removed.
But Sportsmail has learned that there are clubs that have allowed players visiting relatives abroad to stay, meaning they will miss the start of the preseason.
Those who are unable to leave France or the Netherlands on time are given individual training programs that they can follow until they can rejoin their respective groups.
Players from several Premier League clubs, including Brighton, Sheffield United and West Ham, are scheduled for their first training day on Monday.
Some parties encouraged their squads to go on vacation early to allow time for a quarantine period if necessary.
Chelsea’s preseason starts later than others due to their involvement in the FA Cup final, which they lost to Arsenal, and the Champions League against Bayern Munich.
Fulham will also begin preparations for next season after taking part in the play-off final, which they won 2-1 against Brentford at Wembley Stadium.
The new season starts on September 12.