COVID-hit Chelsea ‘deeply upset’ after failing to have Wolves game postponed

COVID-hit Chelsea ‘deeply upset’ after failing to have Wolves game postponed

Wolverhampton Wanderers Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa (3L) challenges Chelseas French midfielder NGolo Kante during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 19, 2021. — AFP
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa (3L) challenges Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante throughout the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea on the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 19, 2021. — AFP

Coronavirus-hit Chelsea have been solely in a position to title 4 outfield gamers on the bench for Sunday’s match towards Wolves after the Premier League rejected their request to postpone the game.

Thomas Tuchel has had to juggle his assets in current weeks due to accidents and sickness and is with out Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi for the 1400 GMT kick-off after all of them examined optimistic for Covid-19.

Jorginho, Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek weren’t on the Blues’ bus on arrival at Molineux.

Andreas Christensen was not within the match squad both, with goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli each taking a seat on the depleted bench.

Mateo Kovacic was match sufficient to be named as an alternative after finishing Covid isolation however he has solely simply shaken off a hamstring downside.

Ben Chilwell has been isolating due to a optimistic take a look at, however was already sidelined with knee bother.

Tuchel made two adjustments from Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Everton, with Trevoh Chalobah and N’Golo Kante beginning in defensive midfield.

Chelsea earlier confirmed that their request to name off the game had been turned down.

“We are deeply disappointed that our application was rejected as we felt we had a strong case for postponement of today’s match on the grounds of players’ health and safety,” mentioned a Chelsea spokesman.

The European champions’ request is known to have been rejected as a result of the Blues have been deemed to have had sufficient gamers to fulfil the fixture in accordance to Premier League rules.

“We applied to not play and put the situation under control and it was rejected. It is very hard to understand it, we are very concerned about the health of the players,” Tuchel informed Sky Sports.

“We end up with players who play coming from injuries and we take the risk.

“I’m fearful from a medical perspective, we have had 4 days of consecutive optimistic exams. How will it cease if we’re in a bus collectively and in conferences collectively if we faux it isn’t taking place?

“We are disappointed, we are a bit angry.”

Five of Saturday’s six Premier League fixtures have been postponed, with Everton’s conflict with Leicester on Sunday additionally referred to as off.

Two different video games are nonetheless listed for Sunday — Manchester City’s conflict with Newcastle and Tottenham v Liverpool.

Premier League golf equipment are due to meet on Monday to focus on what motion to take over the rising Covid disaster, with a busy schedule of matches over the Christmas and New Year interval.

Britain introduced file case numbers for 3 days in a row final week, prompting the introduction of recent rules.

Authorities introduced 90,418 circumstances on Saturday, a slight fall on Friday, though weekend numbers are often a little bit decrease.

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