Early United team news: Four players back for Aston Villa clash

Early United team news: Four players back for Aston Villa clash

Tuchel would be ‘very angry’ if clubs were abusing Covid postponement rules
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he would be “very angry” if he discovered that rival Premier League clubs were abusing coronavirus postponement rules after his club’s request to call off a match fell on deaf ears.

The Blues asked for their game against Wolves on December 19 to be postponed after seven Covid-19 cases in their camp. The match ended in a goalless draw.

Burnley’s home game against Leicester, due to be played on Saturday, is the latest to be called off, due to injuries and coronavirus cases in Sean Dyche’s squad.

“So I can only strongly hope that the rules are the same for everybody.”

Tuchel lamented his side’s lingering Covid issues after Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen was ruled out of Saturday’s trip to runaway leaders Manchester City, saying the situation was “like catching fish”.

Christensen had only just returned from a back injury to ease Chelsea’s defensive problems, but now faces another spell on the sidelines.

“To have the news that Andreas Christensen is again out after we waited so long for him, and now he plays so, so strong, and again he’s out — it’s a bit of a setback for everybody, for us mentally,” said Tuchel.

“We have Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante back, but it is Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante with one training session.”

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