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Speaking in his press conference on Thursday ahead of facing Newcastle at the St James Park, in an early Saturday lunchtime kick-off, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed that he’d be without three key players in Thiago Silva, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz.
For Silva, Lampard is trying to maintain the 36-year-old for the long haul, and has decided that the Brazilian is in need of a rest after a long trip to South America and back. Pulisic is only just returning from yet another muscular injury and has been ruled out, while Havertz has missed lots of game action since testing positive to Covid-19 a fortnight ago.
Ben Chilwell was another injury worry over the international break, as he was subbed off after 38 minutes in England’s 2-0 loss to Belgium on Sunday. However, the 23-year-old was named on the bench in the following game against Iceland, showing that his injury was only just minor.
Lampard has revealed that he’d have to assess Chilwell before Saturday’s game against Newcastle, while also stating that he won’t know the state of his other players involved in international duty until Friday afternoon.
With Chelsea to play Newcastle early on Saturday, Lampard has described this as a big challenge.
Lampard told the media: “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.”