Havertz and Pulisic injury blows for Frank Lampard ahead of Premier League’s return

Havertz & Pulisic out

Players are seemingly dropping left and right with Covid-19 positive cases and injury issues. There is barely a club who has not been affected by the issues of the international break. Chelsea are the latest to befall the latest spate of injury news.

Summer signing Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are not expected to be available for the trip to Newcastle. Frank Lampard has been frustrated by a seemingly continual stream of fitness problems.

The prospect of Havertz and Pulisic playing alongside Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech has been unable to take shape due to the persistent issues.

Havertz had missed the last couple fixtures due to a positive Covid-19 test and thus was unable to take part in full-training and so is still gradually building up match fitness.

Meanwhile Pulisic, who suffered a bad hamstring injury in the FA Cup final, sustained a set back of the issue in the warm-up to the match against Burnley. The problem is likely to keep the American out for around 1-2 more weeks.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Christian Pulisic of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Lampard’s risk

Frank Lampard’s role at Chelsea has changed dramatically. From player to now the main man of the club as manager. Speaking on Eddie Hearne’s ‘No Passion No Point’ Podcast, Lampard opened up about the challenge.

“The life of a player is a bubble of selfishness to a degree,” he said.

“The facts and reality is I realise now it’s much harder than playing in terms of it being consuming. The life of a manager is 25 people in the squad, staff in the building, problems with different departments. It’s so far removed from football.”

“When you work for your coaching badges, you have to put time in. Then when you start doing it, you have to practise, you have to fail, get better, fail and have relationships with people you never had as a player.”

“Players can easily sit there and say they want to be a manager, then they start the road and say: ‘Actually, I want to be a pundit.’ I respect it because being a pundit is tough as well but in terms of management I wanted to test the water.”

“A manager gets 50 problems a day. It’s much more consuming but I love it and couldn’t live without it.”

Lampard secured Champions League football for the club last season. Even after the west London side were given a transfer ban and were unable to bring in new players. Since, with financial backing, the Chelsea legend has brought in a wide range of quality additions which Lampard will hope can see them compete for honours.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Leicester City FC 8 9 18
2 Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 10 17
3 Liverpool FC 8 2 17
4 Southampton FC 8 4 16
5 Chelsea FC 8 10 15
6 Aston Villa FC 7 9 15
7 Everton FC 8 2 13
8 Crystal Palace FC 8 0 13
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 -1 13
10 Manchester City FC 7 1 12
11 Arsenal FC 8 -1 12
12 West Ham United FC 8 4 11
13 Newcastle United FC 8 -3 11
14 Manchester United FC 7 -2 10
15 Leeds United 8 -3 10
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 8 -3 6
17 Fulham FC 8 -8 4
18 West Bromwich Albion 8 -11 3
19 Burnley FC 7 -9 2
20 Sheffield United FC 8 -10 1
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 8
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Adams, Che Southampton FC 3
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 3

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