The Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, are set to postpone the Club World Cup until next year (2022).
Chelsea were due to play in the prestigious tournament from December 9 to December 19 this year, having won the UEFA Champions League back in May.
But the competition is set to be delayed after original hosts Japan pulled out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan withdrew as hosts over safety concerns due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in their country.
With the rate of coronavirus infection in Japan continuing to rise, the East Asia country and FIFA have reasonably played it safe and put the welfare of players first.
FIFA are yet to confirm an alternative host for the Club World Cup, but it’s likely they will come to a decision on when and where it will now take place at their next council meeting on October 20.
However, Mirror reports that the competition is likely to be switched until early 2022, but there is no concrete date as of yet.
Chelsea are waiting to hear how it will impact their schedule for the current campaign, given that they were originally due to miss several English Premier League, EPL, matches to take part in the competition.
The report added that FIFA are committed to the tournament, and therefore, they will find a new host in the coming weeks.