The early team news
Heading into this game, Frank Lampard provided an update on team news.
He said: “Christian Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle, but he’s stepped up his training slowly. It’s been quite a problematic injury so we will stay cautious,” Lampard said on Thursday.
“Kai Havertz is back, his Isolation is over. He tested negative two days ago, so he’s just started training that’s more on his own to get individually some of his fitness back after two weeks at home.
“Thiago Silva has just landed. He just messaged me this afternoon so he probably won’t be going to Newcastle because of the length of the journey and timings.
“We are still waiting for some of the results of the tests that we now have to do as players are back from internationals.
“Unfortunately some of our players are arriving back this afternoon (Thursday), some played last night so with the 12.30 kick off on Saturday there are clearly a lot of challenges for us.
“With Ben Chilwell, I haven’t seen him yet. He trained with England, he was improving hence why he was on the bench and got fantastic care so I am positive he will be okay but I will have to see later on today or straight after this.”
Frank Lampard answers media questions on a Zoom call