Here are your football.london Chelsea morning headlines on Monday, December 20.
Chelsea to attend meeting about postponing Premier League fixtures
Premier League clubs are set to discuss whether to postpone an entire round of festive fixtures at a meeting on Monday.
That is according to The Athletic, who have revealed that gameweek 20 — the fixtures on December 28-30 — is the round most likely to be pre-emptively postponed as the top flight battles to keep its season going amid the latest wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six of the 10 Premier League matches were called off this weekend because a series of clubs registered a spike in COVID-19 cases, leaving them unable to fulfill their fixtures.
However, Chelsea had their request to postpone their clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon rejected by the Premier League after it was decided they had enough fit players to fulfil the fixture, despite eight players testing positive for the virus.
The decision left Thomas Tuchel furious as Chelsea were nowhere near their energetic best and were held to a 0-0 draw by the Midlands side.
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Lucas Digne competition
The Toffees are closing in on the signing of Ukrainian left-back Vitaly Mykolenko, which could then pave the way for their current first-choice to leave the club in January.
Digne, it is claimed by The Athletic, has been unhappy how he’s no longer able to be an attacking influence under the Everton manager.
He wasn’t present in the squad that picked up a remarkable point on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
The Guardian adds that Mykolenko, who’s set to sign a five-year deal, may pave the way for Digne’s departure.
But it seems as though another team may be vying for the Frenchmen’s signature alongside the west Londoners.
According to the Sunday Mirror via Boot Room, Newcastle United are interested in signing Everton defender Digne in January.
The report goes on to say that Leicester among other could go in for the Premier League proven full-back.
Chelsea “deeply disappointed” as Premier League deny request for Wolves postponement
A request from Chelsea to postpone Sunday’s clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers was rejected by the Premier League.
The Blues did fulfil the game against Wolves, which ended goalless, but it didn’t come without some controversy a few hours before.
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.”
Due to the number of players unavailable, Tuchel could only name four outfield players on his bench and despite putting in a spirited display, the Blues had to settle for a draw at Molineux, leaving the side third in the table and six points off leaders Manchester City after the Citizens’ 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.
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Source by Football London