Chelsea star Kai Havertz self-isolates with his dog after Frank Lampard revealed £71m man’s coronavirus symptoms had ‘escalated’ this week
Kai Havertz posted a cute selfie with his dog on Instagram on Thursday as he continues to self-isolate following his positive Covid test.
The £71m star, signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and has been self-isolating since, missing the Blues’ 3-0 win against Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Manager Frank Lampard detailed that the rest of the group tested negative again after Havertz contracted the virus but the Blues boss added that the 21-year-old’s symptoms have ‘escalated’ in the past few days.
Kai Havertz posted a selfie with his dog while Frank Lampard said symptoms have ‘escalated’
Havertz played as recently as Saturday against Burnley before his positive test on Monday
‘Kai’s showed up in the UEFA testing on Monday, so we re-tested them yesterday and everyone else is negative in the squad, so that’s a good sign,’ said Lampard.
‘I’ve spoken to Kai a couple of times, he’s very disappointed because he just wants to play.
‘His symptoms escalated slightly today but he’s fine, and just disappointed to be out.
‘It’s just one of those things, but hopefully the isolating will help.’
The German playmaker actually played as recently as last Saturday, in the 3-0 victory against Burnley.
The Blues playmaker is still in self-isolation and is ‘disappointed’ at being forced to miss games
But Havertz now looks set to miss Chelsea’s final game before the international break, against Sheffield United on Saturday, as the Blues look to make it four wins on the spin in all competitions.
The 21-year-old’s involvement for the Germany national team is also in doubt ahead of games against the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Spain.
Since making the big-money move from the Bundesliga in the summer, Havertz has played 10 times for the Blues, scoring four goals including a hat-trick in the EFL Cup against Barnsley.
Meanwhile, Lampard has hailed ‘perfect professional’ Jorginho for allowing Timo Werner to take over spot-kick duties after the striker scored two first-half penalties in the Champions League victory over Rennes
Jorginho had long been Chelsea’s designated spot-kick taker, netting his first eight penalties for the Blues.
However, the Italian midfielder has missed two in less than a month, against Liverpool and then Krasnodar – Werner then later scored a penalty in the same game in Russia last week.
Timo Werner scored two penalties for Chelsea on Wednesday night after replacing Jorginho
Jorginho had been Chelsea’s designated spot-kick taker but missed two in less than a month
Lampard handed the responsibility to Werner after speaking to both players and the striker scored two more in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory.
‘It was not an easy decision, because Jorginho has been pretty faultless for us,’ the Chelsea boss told BT Sport on Wednesday.
‘Timo came in and scored one in our last (European) game. I had a conversation with Jorginho and his answer was perfect for a professional, as that he doesn’t care who takes them, he just wants (us to score).’