Chelsea’s match with Wolverhampton in Molineux will go ahead as planned on Sunday after the Premier League rejected a visitor’s request to postpone the match due to an increase in positive Covid-19 tests.
Thomas Tuchel’s side made the request after three more cases of Covid were registered in the latest testing round. This brings the club’s total to seven positives after Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and the injured Ben Chilwell all tested positive ahead of Thursday’s draw with Everton.
The Premier League’s board rejected Chelsea’s request, however, arguing that they had enough players available and that the match did not meet the criteria for a postponement. A Chelsea spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed that our request was denied as we felt we had a strong case to postpone today’s match on the basis of the players’ health and safety.”
N’Golo Kante will start the match, his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury last month. Mateo Kovacic, who came out of Covid isolation on Friday, is on the bench – one of only four players on the field chosen by Tuchel as a substitute.
Six of the weekend’s top-flight matches have been postponed due to a spike in Covid-19 cases among players and club staff. On Saturday, Aston Villa’s home match against Burnley was called off hours before kick-off due to an outbreak in the Villa squad.