Premier League reject Chelsea request to postpone Wolves fixture

Tom Gott
Chelsea wanted Sunday's game called off
Chelsea wanted Sunday's game called off / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

The Premier League have rejected a request from Chelsea to postpone Sunday's meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Blues were hit with a Covid-19 outbreak before the 1-1 draw with Everton in midweek, with Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell all testing positive for the virus. Kai Havertz was unwell but later tested negative.

Since then, reports have suggested that Chelsea may have uncovered at least three more positive tests, and The Telegraph claim that a request to postpone Sunday's game has been knocked back by the Premier League.

A request was lodged on Sunday morning but the Premier League, who analyse each postponement request on a case-by-case basis, have turned it down.

“We are deeply disappointed that our application was rejected as we felt we had a strong case for the postponement of today‘s match on the grounds of players’ health and safety," a club statement read.

Tuchel is not expected to struggle to name a side, but his concern was the fact that many of the players involved will be lacking fitness and at risk of aggravating injuries.

In midfield, N'Golo Kante is not fully fit after only returning to training from a knee injury earlier this week, while Mateo Kovacic is now believed to have overcome both an injury and a positive Covid-19 test.

Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have both been carrying knocks - neither were spotted getting off the team bus for the game - while Trevoh Chalobah is only recently back from a hamstring injury and Marcos Alonso has been complaining of pain in his back,

Limited numbers saw Tuchel name two goalkeepers - Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli - on the bench for the Everton game, and while Kante and Kovacic could both return for this one, any further positives could leave Chelsea with fewer players than before.

Five of the six games scheduled for Saturday were postponed because of Covid-19 spikes in teams across the country, while Leicester's trip to Everton on Sunday morning has already been called off.