Thomas Tuchel has reported a number of Chelsea players are missing tonight’s match against Everton because they have tested positive for Covid-19.
The boss confirmed ahead of kick-off that Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all missing from the matchday squad because of a positive test, with the injured Ben Chilwell also having tested positive.
‘Kai feels unwell, he’s not positive yet but we’re waiting for test results and we decided to not bring him to the squad,’ Tuchel said of Havertz’s absence this evening.
‘We did some extra tests at 12 o’clock today to make sure who would arrive at lunch. From there we had to pick the team. Would it be the same line-up? I don’t know. The situation started yesterday with the players feeling unwell and not training.
‘We had to confirm the flow tests and wait for the PCR results. The results are the results and the situation is the situation. We still have a strong squad and one we want to push forward, and that should be able to compete. Like always, we focus on the guys who are there.’
Tuchel said he had not asked for the fixture to be postponed because of the outbreak in our squad.
‘I don’t lose my concentration or energy with questions like this. I’m pretty sure Petr and Marina take care of this. We are in close contact with our doctors.
‘At some point it’s getting difficult in terms of overuse of players, but I was not involved in these thoughts.’