Chelsea has a request to postpone its confrontation with Wolverhampton just hours before the start of the match rejected by the English Premier League… and may have to ‘put unfit players on the bench’ amid the Covid outbreak among the team
- Chelsea prepare to face Wolverhampton in Molineux at 2pm on Saturday
- The Blues are asking for it to be postponed due to their struggles with the Corona virus
- But the Premier League rejected their appeal and the match will now resume
- The spread of the Omicron variant hits the Premier League teams hard
Chelsea received an official request to have their match against Wolverhampton on Saturday rejected by the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to face Wolverhampton in Molineux at 2pm, one of only four matches currently scheduled to take place out of 10 this weekend.
According to the Telegraph, the refusal came on Sunday morning, hours before kick-off.
The Premier League has reportedly rejected Chelsea’s request to postpone the Wolves game
The match Manchester United – Brighton, Aston Villa – Burnley, Southampton – Brentford, Watford – Crystal Palace, West Ham – Norwich and Everton – Leicester – which was also scheduled for Sunday afternoon, has already been cancelled.
The Omicron coronavirus is currently spreading in the Premier League and English football more widely, with many clubs suffering from an outbreak and forced to close their training grounds.
Wolverhampton coach Bruno Lagg revealed earlier this week that every player wants to take the Covid-19 boosting hit, making them one of the most vaccinated teams in the league, along with Leeds.
Striker Kai Havertz (centre) could return to the Blues after testing negative for Covid
But with the match going despite Chelsea’s woes, coach Tuchel may now be forced to put two unfit players on the bench to fill his depleted squad.
In their last encounter against Everton, the German managed to name only eight players from among the reserve, two of whom were goalkeepers.
Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku were absent either through injury or illness, with Tuchel likely having to turn to the academy for a bench position.
Blues manager Tuchel admitted that the call on whether to play or postpone the games was complicated
“No more positive results at the moment,” Tuchel said before the match. “Of course, but the lottery starts again tomorrow. We are happy at the moment that Kai (Havertz) has more than one negative result. So he’s back in training, let’s see.”
I can understand, of course, that it would be a better moment to play against Chelsea with four positive tests for Covid in these 10 days than not.
While games are postponed and others continue to play, you may end up in some situations that you may find unfair or make you question integrity. I can understand that but there is also a bigger picture of protection and focus on it. I see the two points.