Chelsea‘s new summer signing Kai Havertz has tested positive for the Covid-19. The German International’s Coronavirus results were revealed after he was missing from Chelsea’s squad against Rennes.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has also confirmed that Havertz has tested positive for Covid-19. The announcement was made on their official club website statement.
The news was revealed by the club shortly after Havertz was not included in the Champions League squad against Ligue 1 side Rennes. Chelsea fared well on the night without the German playmaker, as they cruised to a 3-0 win.
The €85 million midfielder has had a slow start for Chelsea this season, with just 1 goal and an assist in 7 league games. But will be hoping to overcome this setback and return to his best form as soon as he can.
Frank Lampard has assured in the club statement that the entire squad has tested for COVID since Havertz’s news, and had negative results.
“We are taking the precautions we take. Everybody has been tested, the whole squad since, and we have had negative tests, and hopefully it is a case of taking Kai out, everyone is negative and we move on in the short-term.”Frank Lampard on the aftermath of Havertz’s positive COVID test
Havertz in self-isolation, will miss only one game for Chelsea
The silver lining of this unfortunate news is the International break coming up after this weekend’s Premier League matches. This means that the league encounter at Stamford Bridge against Sheffield United on November 7th is the only match that the former Bayer Leverkusen ace will miss for the Blues.
However, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder will be unavailable for selection for the German National team. Havertz will miss Germany’s UEFA Nations League matches against Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Spain during the International break.
Havertz is now self-isolating away from the Chelsea squad. Lampard will be expecting that the German is back in time for Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle on November 21st.
Havertz is now on the list of many Premier League superstars that have contracted the coronavirus, with Liverpool trio Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, and Sadio Mane only recently returning to action after self-isolating.