Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic tests positive for Covid


Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic tests positive for Covid

Mateo Kovacic has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Chelsea’s Champions League visit to Zenit on Wednesday December 7.


Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Tuesday ahead of their game in St Petersburg, head coach Thomas Tuchel described the news as a “huge setback” for the club,


Croatia midfielder Kovacic had returned to Chelsea training on Monday after hamstring trouble, only to return a positive coronavirus test on Tuesday.


The 27-year-old had been out of action since late October and Blues boss Tuchel had hoped to ease him back in this week.


N’Golo Kante remains sidelined with a knee issue, while Jorginho has been forced to play through the pain of a back niggle and will also now miss Wednesday night’s game.


“We have bad news because Mateo was in training yesterday and with a big smile and it was a pure pleasure to have him back,” said Tuchel.


“But he tested positive today, for coronavirus, so he’s quarantining for a few days. So it’s a huge…

Source: Linda Ikeji

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