Japan has greeted the Chelsea squad arriving in the country for the club’s first attempt to win the Club World Cup.

The players touched down at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Sunday evening local time, having flown from Newcastle Airport after Saturday’s win at Sunderland.

Arriving in Japan as early as possible gives the maximum time for bodies to adapt to the nine-hour time difference before Thursday’s match against Monterrey.

It was a 90-minute coach journey to Yokohama where the team are staying and the games will be played, and the remainder of Sunday and the early hours of Monday were all about settling in and resting, with the players stretching their legs with a walk all together near the hotel before bed.

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As was announced by Rafael Benitez after the Sunderland game, Oriol Romeu returned to London to have a knee injury assessed. Decisions are to be made over whether he and Daniel Sturridge can join their colleagues during the week.

Nineteen-year-old midfielder George Saville, who has yet to make his first-team debut, has been added to the original squad named for Club World Cup and was on the plane from Newcastle. John Terry has been withdrawn from that list.

On Monday afternoon the players will train for the first time in Yokohama and the official Chelsea website and our Twitter feed will be updating throughout our time in Japan.


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