Frank Lampard has admitted that he is unaware if Chelsea’s clash with Manchester City will go ahead this weekend, after a recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the City squad.
Manchester City duo Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus tested positive for the virus on Christmas Day, before further positive tests meant that City’s game against Everton was postponed on Monday night.
That postponement has led to doubts about the probability of Sunday’s fixture at Stamford Bridge going ahead, with Pep Guardiola confirming that at least five players will be absent for the eagerly anticipated meeting.
Such uncertainty about fixtures has been a real issue for the Premier League this week, with Tottenham’s game against Fulham also postponed just a few hours before kick-off, after rising cases among Scott Parker’s squad.
The current situation has led to calls for a two-week circuit breaker to be implemented in order to try and slow the spread of the virus in the top flight, although the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta questioning the need for such a break.
With the fixture list already incredibly congested, there is little wriggle room available to fit in postponed or rearranged fixtures, particularly for those sides with European commitments.
At present, Sunday’s game is set to go ahead, although Chelsea boss Lampard revealed that he’s still not totally sure of whether his side will be taking to the field come Sunday evening.
“I’ve not been given the chances of the game being postponed but I’m aware of the situation and at the moment the game is on,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“We know that Manchester City had some positives within their training ground. We have had a couple ourselves but not on the playing staff and that’s the current situation.”