Chelsea are to face Fulham today in a ‘behind closed doors’ friendly as the club’s pre-season preparations get well underway.

Closed off friendlies are not uncommon at this time of the season and it’s likely to be a Chelsea XI made up of younger players, or those returning from loan who have not been included in the squad to face Crawley.

It’s unlikely that a host of first-team players will be involved against the Championship outfit as the Premier League champions put in the final preparations before flying out on their tour of China, however, a number of players could get a runout.

The friendly is just a day after Fulham completed the loan signing of Lucas Piazon.

The Brazilian, who spent time at Craven Cottage on loan last season returns to the Championship side after putting pen to paper on a new contract at Chelsea.

For Fulham, the game also provides them with a chance to field some younger players and possibly a number of trialists.