Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Kai Havertz is in contention for Saturday’s encounter with Newcastle United having previously tested positive for coronavirus, speaking to the club’s official website.

The German midfielder joined Chelsea for a reported £71 million (BBC) from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, with mixed fortunes.

Havertz scored a hat-trick against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third round. It was three of seven goal involvements from ten games in all competitions.

Yet he has only registered one league goal and two assists from seven appearances in that time.

Kai Havertz ‘is back’

Speaking ahead of the Blues’ league fixture against Newcastle, Lampard said: “Kai Havertz is back. His isolation is over and he tested negative two days ago so he’s just started training on his own to get some of his fitness back after two weeks at home.”

 

Havertz’s last attacking-return came in the form of an assist against Krasnodar in the Champions League. Since then, he has missed two of the last three games because of covid-19.

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea beats Cristian Ramírez of FC Krasnodar during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match on October 28, 2020 in Krasnodar, Russia. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Pulisic caution

Pulisic has yet to play since the Krasnodar tie either.

Lampard said: “Christian Pulisic isn’t fit for Newcastle but he has stepped up his training slowly. It has been quite a problematic injury so we’ll stay cautious.”

Chilwell return

Ben Chilwell picked up a knock while on international duty with England in their 2-0 defeat in Belgium.

Lampard indicated the left-back has was on the mend and he was optimistic of the Englishman’s chances of a return.

He said: “With Ben Chilwell, I haven’t seen him yet – he stayed with England and was on the bench last night. He has been improving and getting fantastic care with England so I’m more positive he’ll be ok.”

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