Frank Lampard revealed some of his players are struggling longer than others to recover from Covid-19 and get back to normal. Speaking ahead of their game against Manchester City, the Chelsea manager confirmed a couple of members of the staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Lampard admitted it has been a difficult period for him and his medical staff to have the players at their best health and fitness. The Chelsea manager added “Very challenging, not just for me but the medical team and sports science because some players are asymptomatic and come back training within a few days and reach their top level, but then there are some players who take longer.”
“They report tiredness and fatigue and because everything is so new, we don’t have anything to gauge it by. We don’t have the right methods to know how to get players back to a level as quickly as possible. It’s not just us but a problem for the league. This year is different and will be different until we get to the other side.”
The Chelsea manager has asked for patience over players such as Kai Havertz, in order for the German to get adapted to a new league after severely suffering from coronavirus. Lampard added “Just as Kai was coming to terms with the Premier League and had some really good performances with us, he got Covid and he had it quite severely, as I think people are really starting to open up about now.“
“I have read a few things recently about how much people can suffer with it now. Some people are asymptomatic. He definitely has had a bit of a fallout with that physically and I speak with him a lot and we know that.”
“It is something we are trying to help him to deal with. Yeah, the expectation around him you have to put context into the story. Kai’s talent is undoubted. I see that every day.“
“Giving him the time to adapt to the Premier League and to our team is crucial. We have seen players come here in the past, didn’t really adapt, went elsewhere and come back to the Premier League and absolutely lit it up to unbelievable levels.”
“I have full belief in him. We need to give him that time, particularly because of the Covid situation – that is a problem. That is not a non-issue, it is an issue that is related beyond his illness.”