Cesar Azpilicueta misses Southampton clash after positive Covid-19 test

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Cesar Azpilicueta misses Chelsea’s trip to Southampton on Saturday after returning a positive Covid-19 test result, also making him a doubt to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final next week.

Blues captain Azpilicueta is one of the side’s most reliable performers but was a notable omission from their matchday squad to face the Saints, with no specialist right-back in the starting XI.

Romelu Lukaku is also not present on the south coast, with manager Thomas Tuchel confirming the club’s record signing is injured.

Speaking before the match, Tuchel said: “Azpilicueta unfortunately has a positive Covid test.”

Chelsea have lost consecutive matches to Brentford and Real Madrid, conceding seven goals in the process, and Tuchel added that his side need to stay focused to bounce back from those disappointments.



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