Tuchel confirms four positive Chelsea Covid cases

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.’