Morecambe have not played since Boxing Day following an outbreak of coronavirus which raised doubts over their trip to Stamford Bridge. But the squad are expected to return to training tomorrow, provided a fresh round of testing gives them the all-clear.
Manager Derek Adams is already preparing to take on Frank Lampard’s struggling Chelsea, with his players likely to have to follow strict protocols at training, such as turning up in their kits or having to change in their own cars.
Morecambe were forced to postpone games against Bolton and Bradford last week after following EFL and government guidance to isolate players and staff.
Their Globe Arena stadium is actually being used as a Covid testing centre.
The FA Cup tie could provide Lampard with an ideal opportunity to lift morale after Sunday’s humbling 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
A run of four defeats in their last six has seen the pressure mount on the Chelsea manager – but his position is not believed to be under immediate threat.