Chelsea’s Everton plans thrown into disarray as COVID hits Thomas Tuchel’s side


Chelsea’s Everton plans thrown into disarray as COVID hits Thomas Tuchel’s side

COVID-19 flying through the Premier League

Covid-19 continues to plough through the Premier League, with Manchester United and Tottenham both having games called off in the last week, while Brighton and Aston Villa have also been affected.

On Wednesday, Watford’s clash with Burnley was called off just 2 and a half hours before kick-off due to a covid outbreak in the Watford camp.

And there could yet be more games crossed out of the calender.

Chelsea latest side to be affected

Now, it is the turn of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to be hit by COVID-19, with the Blues having reported three positive cases, in addition to Matteo Kovacic, who tested positive last week.

As per Nizaar Kinsella, of Goal.com:

“Three more prominent players in west London have now been forced into self-isolation, leaving Tuchel short on options.”

“Tuchel was ready to include two of those players in his thoughts for a home date with Everton, but has seen his pre-match planning thrown into disarray.”

Worse yet, it could continue to spread, as:

“All of those set to sit out upcoming outings have been in contact with the rest of the Chelsea squad, with a full training session completed on Wednesday.”

With Ben Chilwell out injured, and N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both only returning to training on Tuesday, therefore not ready to start against Everton, it could be an experimental side that faces the Toffees on Thursday evening.

It has further ramifications too, with the trio of positives set to miss games against Wolverhampton and the COVID effected Brentford too, and being only touch and go for the boxing day clash against Aston Villa.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 16 33 37
3 Chelsea FC 16 27 36
4 West Ham United 16 9 28
5 Manchester United 16 2 27
6 Arsenal FC 16 -1 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Leicester City 16 0 22
9 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 -2 21
11 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
13 Crystal Palace 16 0 19
14 Everton FC 16 -8 18
15 Southampton FC 16 -10 16
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 16 -17 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5



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