Frank Lampard: Chelsea head coach confirms positive cases at club but says Man City game to go ahead

Frank Lampard says he expects Chelsea’s match with Manchester City to go ahead, whereas two members of the club’s employees have examined positive for Covid-19 this week.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that City might be with out 5 gamers for Sunday’s Premier League journey to Stamford Bridge as a result of they’re all self-isolating after returning positive coronavirus exams. Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker have been confirmed on Christmas Day as being two gamers who examined positive.

City reopened their coaching floor on Wednesday after a short lived closure due to a “number of positive cases” which led to the postponement of their match with Everton on Monday.

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Lampard stated: “I am aware of the (Manchester City) situation. At the moment, the game is on. Man City have had problems at their training ground, we’ve had a couple ourselves but not the playing staff.”

The Chelsea head coach revealed the 2 positive cases from employees members got here from this week’s spherical of testing.

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When requested about whether or not he was in favour of a two-week circuit break, Lampard stated security ought to come earlier than soccer.

“We are in a protected environment,” Lampard added. “We are being examined twice per week. I do not know why we went down to one. Two is vital.

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“It appears to be the scenario is we go game-by-game. The video games referred to as off have been due to positive exams round that game. We’ll see the way it goes.

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Chelsea head coach Lampard says the security of his gamers and employees ought to come earlier than enjoying soccer

“I understand it (playing on) but safety has to be paramount. The fact that I said we have a couple of staff [who tested] positive… they have babies, parents, friends, sisters, brothers and grandparents.

“They come right here and go to work after which they go house. We are in one other surge of Covid which seems to be extra contagious, or it’s. Safety and safety is paramount, as opposed to maintaining the nation’s spirits up. That may not be a pleasant factor to say – we take pleasure in watching our soccer – but security and well being have to come first.

“We had it (a break) before in March. The Premier League and clubs have done everything they can to make the environment as safe as possible. As we’re finding, it is not always easy to do.

“When you go house and the numbers are going up, significantly in London the place we’re… it’s down to the authorities, the federal government and the Premier League. I do not know but when you’re advised to cease, you cease.”

Ziyech health check, James out

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Hakim Ziyech (proper) has returned to Chelsea coaching this week

Chelsea ahead Hakim Ziyech returned to full coaching this week after choosing up a hamstring damage within the 3-1 win towards Leeds on December 5 but might not be prepared to make a return towards Man City on Sunday.

Lampard confirmed the Morocco worldwide is nearing full health but Sunday’s game could come too quickly, whereas right-back Reece James stays out after lacking the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Monday.

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He stated: “He (Hakim Ziyech) is fit to train. He has trained the last two or three days. I need to make that decision whether he is fit to play. Reece James is out – he has a small hamstring strain.”

Chelsea go into the game stage on factors with Guardiola’s aspect, regardless of profitable simply one among their final 5 Premier League video games.

“It’s a game we want to win against very good opposition,” Lampard added. “They are going to be there or thereabouts. To be up there with him despite our recent run of form in the last few games is a plus and it’s an opportunity to win a game against a competitor.

“We want to be at our greatest to win. In phrases of their weaknesses? I do not see it. They are a really sturdy outfit; very properly managed, they’ve threats in attacking areas. We want to concentrate on ourselves. If we’re at our greatest, we will make weaknesses towards any workforce.”

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