N’Golo Kante, a Chelsea midfielder, has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Chelsea’s Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday. For ten days, the 30-year-old France international will be alone. He will not play in the Premier League against Southampton on Saturday, and he is also expected to miss France’s Nations League match against Belgium on October 7.
Thomas Tuchel, the Blues’ manager, said he doesn’t know how many of his players had been vaccinated against Covid-19. Tuchel said at a press conference on Tuesday, “We are a reflection of society, the players are adults, and they have a free choice.” “It’s something we should accept. This is pretty much all I have to say. I’m well aware that the matter is far from done. It makes you realize it isn’t over yet.”
Tuchel responded, “Do I have the right to say it?” when asked if players should lead by example and obtain the vaccine. I’m not convinced.
“It is a serious topic; immunizations appear to provide adequate protection — I have been vaccinated, but I do not find myself in a position to comment on recommendations.”
In addition to Reece James, Christian Pulisic, and Mason Mount, Chelsea will be missing them against Juventus. On Saturday, defender James hurt his ankle against Manchester City, while Mount and Pulisic are out with longer-term injuries.