Chelsea’s first team squad can begin to train with close contact according to reports by BBC Sport.

The Blues returned to training last week but were made to train in small groups with social distancing put in place.

The Premier League have held video calls with representatives of all 20 member clubs this week to discuss any outstanding concerns over close-contact training. League officials have now officially given clubs the go-ahead to begin close-contact training as preparations for the return of the Premier League are stepped up another notch.

The competition is set to return during the second half of next month and a provisional date for the restart could be agreed later this week. Chelsea have nine games left to play with four being at home but it is yet to be determined whether The Blues will be permitted to play any of their matches at Stamford Bridge.

Safety concerns had initially resulted in the Premier League recommending that this season’s remaining fixtures should be played across up to 10 neutral venues, however, that proposal was unpopular with clubs. A decision on where games will be hosted is expected to be made within the next couple of weeks as ‘Project Restart’ progresses further.