Chelsea become the latest Premier League team to test positive for Covid-19 goal You know that three other big stars at Stamford Bridge have contracted the Corona virus.
There are no indications yet that the Blues’ confrontation with Everton on Thursday is under threat, but this situation may change after the recent postponement of the matches between Tottenham and Manchester United.
Having to rearrange matches is the last thing Chelsea need at this point, with matches coming up thick and fast for Thomas Tuchel’s side across multiple competitions.
The Blues have already seen Mateo Kovacic excluded from their plans recently on the back of the Croatia international midfielder’s positive Covid-19 test.
Three prominent players in west London have now been forced into self-isolation, leaving Tuchel short of options.
All those who were about to sit down for the upcoming matches have been in touch with the rest of the Chelsea squad, with a full training session completed on Wednesday.
Tuchel was willing to include two of these players in his ideas for a home date with Everton, but saw his pre-match planning in disarray.
Kovacic was already set to sit down with the Toffees, along with Ben Chilwell, who had been out for a while with a knee injury.
N’Golo Kante is back in the Blues fold, but the World Cup winning midfielder is not yet ready to launch and will only be fit enough to be put on the bench against Everton.
Tuchel will have to be creative with his choice, with few opportunities for him to rest and spin at the moment.
Chelsea are set to return to Sunday’s Premier League fixtures against Wolverhampton, before facing Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals before Christmas.
Boxing Day is spent at Aston Villa, while Brighton is due to spend it at Stamford Bridge on December 29 and Liverpool on January 2.
Chelsea will then open their 2021-22 FA Cup campaign, while the current Champions League holders also had to bring the Club World Cup into their schedule in February.
There have been calls for English football to be shut down for a short period of time until the numbers of coronavirus cases begin to fall, but no word from the relevant authorities that such an approach will be taken with clubs across the country facing off. Hectic workloads.