That means there’s a total of three and a half weeks of break lined up for them now, good news for Jules Kounde, who is not yet even a Chelsea player.
He’s still at Sevilla, but expected to complete a transfer to Stamford Bridge soon. He is going to have minor surgery, which has a lot of fans in a flap, but it’s severity has really been played down.
If the procedure happens in the next couple of days, Kounde will have three weeks to recover from it – long enough that he has a good chance of going on the preseason tour with everyone else.
Even if things are delayed a little, he should be ready and firing for the first game of the season.