Chelsea will be without some of their key players for Saturday’s Premier League trip to take on Newcastle.
Christian Pulisic has missed the majority of the season so far, and won’t be in action at St James’ Park (12.30pm).
The USA attacker, despite having initially travelled to go on international duty, faces another week or two on the sidelines, The Athletic says.
A hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup final back on August 1 kept him out until late October.
But the feeling is that Chelsea rushed him back and a setback in the warm-up against Burnley on Halloween was the last fans have seen of Pulisic.
Christian Pulisic decided to be with his USA national team-mates during the international break – despite injury troubles at Chelsea
(Image: 2020 Chelsea FC)
Meanwhile, Kai Havertz is not expected to play against Steve Bruce’s team either.
The Germany star was diagnosed with Covid-19 before the break, which saw him miss two Chelsea games.
Havertz has been isolating and has only done limited exercises at home.
Kai Havertz has been in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19
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He can now resume training but the impact of the virus means he is unlikely to feature on Tyneside.
Experienced centre-half Thiago Silva is also unlikely to be available.
The Brazil international…