Kai Havertz missed Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Rennes at Stamford Bridge after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Germany playmaker has started self-isolation, so Jorginho stepped into Chelsea’s midfield for the Group E meeting with Rennes.
Chelsea returned a number of positive Covid tests after their short break between the end of last season and the start of the new term.
The Blues kept the identities of those players under wraps, but have now had to confirm Havertz’s situation, with the 21-year-old now out of action.
“Frank Lampard has confirmed Kai Havertz has tested positive for Covid-19,” Chelsea confirmed on social media.
“As a consequence the player is now undergoing a period of self-isolation and is not involved in tonight’s Champions League game versus Rennes.”
Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech again formed a three-pronged attack for the Blues for the midweek Champions League encounter.
Meanwhile, Timo Werner insists Chelsea have a good chance of winning the Champions League this season due to their strength in depth.
Chelsea will entertain Rennes in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge. Werner is confident he has already adapted to the English game.
And having had time to assess Chelsea’s new-look squad, Werner believes the Blues boast an abnormal amount of talent. It leaves him even more confident about their chances of major silverware.
Werner arrived at Chelsea insisting he had moved to London to win the biggest titles. He sees no reason to temper that ambition, having found his feet in London.
Asked if he now feels at home at Chelsea, Werner said: “Of course. At the beginning always when you come to a new country, a new league, to come to a different style of football it’s always something different.
“Now I think I’m here in the league – I know how to play, I know what ways are better for my game, better for my team, better for my team-mates.”