France’s World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante and England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek are to miss Chelsea’s tour of the United States as they do not meet the country’s Covid-19 vaccination standards.
The United States permits foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated into the country.
At present only US citizens are allowed to enter the country if they are not fully vaccinated.
American-owned Chelsea left for its three-match pre-season tour on Saturday -- beginning with a training camp in Los Angeles.
“N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will not travel due to their Covid vaccination status,” Chelsea said in a statement.
Chelsea is due to play Mexico’s Club America in Las Vegas on July 17, Charlotte FC at its Bank of America Stadium on July 21 and Premier League rival Arsenal in Florida on July 23.