Chelsea are able to consider arranging friendly fixtures ahead of the restart of the Premier League according to reports by The Telegraph.

The Blues are set to return to action in the top flight of English football on the weekend of 19-22 June as the Premier League resumes following a three-and-a-half month break.

The Chelsea squad have been back in training for the last fortnight and were given the green light to resume close-contact training last week. It has now been revealed that the Frank Lampard’s men are free to arrange friendly matches ahead of their return to competitive action later this month.

It is understood that friendlies can take place either in stadiums or at training grounds but must not involve clubs travelling for more than 90 minutes unless given special permission to do so with players making their own way to venues. There will be no referees with club officials taking charge of games while there will be a requirement for negative Covid-19 tests and risk assessments of facilities.

Chelsea could opt to approach some of their Premier League London rivals for friendly fixtures or alternatively, they could request to face Sky Bet Championship opposition with second tier clubs poised for similar rules regarding behind-closed-doors practice matches.