Chelsea FC’s big-money signing Kai Havertz has returned to training after testing negative for the coronavirus two days ago.
Frank Lampard gave the update, Thursday, while addressing the media about Chelsea’s Saturday trip to Newcastle in the Premier League.
Lampard said Havertz was training on his own to regain fitness and would not be in the squad this weekend.
“Christian Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but he’s stepped up his training slowly,’ Lampard also said via video link from Cobham.
“It’s been quite a problematic injury so we’ll stay cautious.”
Leftback Ben Chilwell remains a doubt after sustaining a minor injury on England duty. Fellow defender Thiago Silva will also miss the Newscastle tie, Lampard said.
“Thiago Silva has just landed and messaged me this afternoon so he probably won’t be going to Newcastle because of the length of his journey and timings,” the Chelsea manager said.
“With Ben Chilwell, I haven’t seen him yet. He stayed with England and was on the bench last night.
“He’s been improving and getting fantastic care with England so I’m more positive he’ll be okay.
“We’re still waiting on some test results for players arriving back from international duty.
“Some of them played last night and will unfortunately not arrive back until this afternoon so with a 12.30 kick-off on a Saturday there are clearly a lot of challenges for us.”
Chelsea are fifth on the Premier League table, three points off leaders Leicester City.