Kai Havertz is out of action for Chelsea after testing positive for coronavirus.
The German star was left out of the squad to face Rennes in the Champions League after a positive test ahead of the fixture.
Havertz is now self-isolating and will be out of action for Chelsea for the immediate future.
It is a blow to manager Frank Lampard’s plans, but will present fresh opportunities for some of the fringe players.
“He’s tested positive for Covid-19 in the testing going into this game,” Lampard said ahead of the Rennes game.
Havertz pictured before a Chelsea game earlier this month
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“So he’s come away from the squad and is isolation as the doctor’s orders are.”
Havertz will now miss the game against Rennes – but the good news for Chelsea is that he will likely only miss one more game.
The Blues travel to Sheffield United at the weekend in the Premier League and he will have to sit out of that game.
But with the international break following, Chelsea should not lose him for any longer, unless he fails to recover.
Havertz has made 10 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club
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Germany, however, could be without him for the games against the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Spain.
He could return for the trip to Spain, but is now unlikely to be included.
Havertz joined Chelsea in the summer and has scored four goals in his game appearances across all competitions so far this season.
He joined Chelsea for £71million.