A huge blow has hit Chelsea as their playmaker Mateo Kovacic tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be in the game against Zenith tonight. The news came as a massive setback for Chelsea, the manager Thomas Tuchel confirms. The Croatian midfielder had returned to training on Monday after being out since October with a hamstring problem but tested positive on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel Laments over Kovacic and Other Players Absence
Chelsea head coach commenting on the incident said Kovacic was in training ground yesterday and with a big smile, and it was a pure pleasure to have him back, but the news about his Covid result was now a shock to him. The manager said: “It’s a huge setback for him personally and for all of us.” Even though Chelsea has qualified for the next stage, the manager said he would love to have all his players fit for the game.
The only midfielders available for Chelsea are Leftus-Check and Soul because N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic are all out. The” Omas Tuchel said he is not happy not only as a manager but also as a person. But this is the reality at the moment, so they have to face it to be ready to adapt and do the best thing possible to avoid transmission.