Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Thursday, November 5.
Lampard on Havertz’s positive Covid test
Only three players have started every league match for Chelsea so far this season, and one of them will definitely be absent from the match with Sheffield United on Saturday.
Kai Havertz tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, and again the following day when he was retested. Fortunately for the Blues, the rest of the squad have tested negative.
“He’s trying to do all the right things. It’s just one of those things in the modern day with where we’re at,” said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
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“Hopefully he isolates, does the right things and comes back firing.”
Lampard’s other comments on the matter, plus his thoughts on last night’s victory over Rennes, can be read here.
Werner talks penalties and Rennes win
Having previously been flawless from the penalty spot for Chelsea, Jorginho has missed twice this season. He failed to score from 12-yards against both Liverpool and Krasnodar, so Lampard has passed the duty onto Timo Werner.
The German international tucked away two first-half penalties at Stamford Bridge, to put the Blues well on the way to their victory over Rennes.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Werner spoke about his delight at getting on the scoresheet. “I think when you want to score 20 or more goals, then you have to take a few penalties in the season,” he said.
“That’s the thing that gives strikers the goals, when you are at the high levels.”
Werner’s full thoughts on the match, as well as his comments on the harmony within the Chelsea squad, are worth a read.
Gilmour on his return to action
Billy Gilmour had started to establish himself in the Chelsea side last season when he was struck down by knee injury.