Willian has finally been given permission by Chelsea to return to Brazil and see his family amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 31-year-old reportedly pleaded with the club last week to allow him to fly back to his home country, where his wife and twin daughters are currently residing.

And tonight the Blues confirmed they have accepted his appeal on compassionate grounds and are therefore granting him leave of absence.

It is unclear how long Willian be allowed to remain in Brazil for, with Frank Lampard’s side expected to return to training on April 6 after completing their three-week lockdown period.

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Willian was reportedly pleading with the club to let him head back to Brazil last week

Premier League football will not be returning until at least April 30, but the winger is a key player for Lampard and will be expected to fly back in time to prepare should the season resume.

Chelsea stars will need at least two to three weeks to go through the gears in training and get up to speed before they return to top-flight duties.

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And now Frank Lampard and co have given him the green light to do so on compassionate grounds

Nevertheless, clubs have been warned by Premier League chiefs that they must start without players who fail to return in time when the season resumes.

Chelsea have insisted they will consider pleas from foreign stars to join families abroad on a case by case basis.

Willian is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in June, but the Brazilian has previously stated his willingness to play on into the summer if needed.

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Chelsea’s Cobham training complex has been closed since Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month

Blues players have been self-isolating since Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus on Friday 13 March.

The club’s Cobham training complex was immediately closed and deep cleaned, but Hudson-Odoi is now said to be “feeling fine and back to his usual self” after recovering from the bug.

“We are pleased to report Callum Hudson-Odoi is now feeling fine and back to his usual self following the period of self-isolation required after the player tested positive for COVID-19,” a Chelsea statement read.

“In addition to feeling good, the young winger is hard at work training at home to build and maintain his fitness, as are the rest of the Chelsea squad.”

Hudson-Odoi also reassured supporters on social media that he was feeling well immediately after his positive test.