Chelsea “deeply disappointed” as Premier League deny request for Wolves postponement

A request from Chelsea to postpone this afternoon’s clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers has been rejected by the Premier League, understands.

The Blues are set to take on Wolves at Molineux in a 2pm kick-off today but are expected to be without several players due to Covid-19 and injury.

On Thursday, Tuchel confirmed Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku were all confirmed to have contracted coronavirus and are currently in self-isolation. understands there have been further positive tests within the Chelsea squad over the past 24 hours and, as a result, it’s very likely Chelsea are unable to fill their substitutes’ bench for this afternoon’s game.

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The Premier League schedule has been decimated this weekend due to coronavirus. Six top-flight fixtures have been cancelled, including Leicester City’s clash with Tottenham this afternoon.

It’s understood those within the first team set up at Chelsea are frustrated and perplexed with the Premier League’s decision not to postpone today’s game.

Football.London understands that the game didn’t meet the criteria to be called off as Chelsea were deemed to have enough players to be able to fulfil the fixture.

A Chelsea spokesman said: “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.”

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