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Six top-flight matches have so far been called off this weekend, but this afternoon’s game at Molinuex will go ahead despite a number of cases in the Blues camp.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed ahead of the game that seven players have now tested positive for the virus and the German has only named only has six players on his bench, two of whom are goalkeepers.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz - who had previously returned a negative PCR - are the latest players to have tested positive, while the Blues are refusing to take any risks with Jorginho, also tested positive, only to later test negative.
The club said: “We are deeply disappointed that our application was rejected as we felt we had a strong case for the postponement of today‘s match on the grounds of players’ health and safety.”
Chelsea played against Everton in midweek, despite Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi testing positive and were held to a 1-1 draw.
Ben Chilwell also tested positive but was already sidelined with a long-term injury.