Lampard has finally opened up on why Kai Havertz was left out of the Champions League fixture against Rennes on Wednesday night.
The German international was a surprise omission when the squad for the fixture was revealed. This move raised eyebrows. But Lampard has since gone to clarify that the reason was a positive test for Covid-19.
A routine test was conducted before the game and Havertz was unfortunate to be the only player in the squad to test positive. He is now in self-isolation based on the doctor’s order.
The German talented midfielder Havertz was signed from Bayer Leverkusen in a £72m initial deal that could rise up to £89m. He is currently Chelsea’s highest transfer record holder.
Since his move to Stamford Bridge, he has become one of the first names in the team match sheet, starting almost all the fixtures. He has scored four goals for Chelsea, with three coming in a hat-trick against Barnsley in the cup competition.
He has however failed to hit the form and consistency that convinced Chelsea to buy him in a big-money deal. Havertz has admitted to struggling in his new environment.
Chelsea went on to win convincingly recording a 3-0 win over the French side Rennes. A Timo Werner double penalty success and Tammy Abraham’s goal was enough for the Blues to seal an emphatic victory.
Chelsea will now turn their attention to the Saturday fixture against the struggling visitor, Sheffield United. Havertz will not be able to make the matchday squad as he will be required to self-isolate till his result turns negative.