Mateo Kovacic tests positive for Covid just a day after returning to training

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MATEO KOVACIC has dealt another blow to Chelsea after testing positive for the coronavirus just a day after returning to training following his hamstring injury.

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The former Real Madrid midfielder was in contention for playing against Leeds on Saturday after six weeks.

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Thomas Tuchel has dealt another blow after Matteo Kovacic tested positive for coronaviruscredit: AFP
Kovacic returned to full training on Monday, but has now been ruled out of his next top-flight match

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Kovacic returned to full training on Monday, but has now been ruled out of his next top-flight matchcredit: getty

Chelsea have been battling multiple injury problems in recent weeks, with Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku all missing.

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Kovacic’s return was a welcome boost for Tuchel as the Croatia international was missing from the last eight matches.

He faced it at the last minute of a training session in October.

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But now he has contracted the coronavirus, with Tuchel calling the news a big blow.

Speaking ahead of the West London outfit’s Champions League match against Zenit Saint-Petersburg, Tuchel said: “We have bad news.

“Mateo was in training yesterday and it was a pure pleasure to have him back and with a big smile.

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“But he tested positive today, for coronavirus, so he is in quarantine for a few days.

“So it’s a big blow to him personally and to all of us.”

Tottenham have at least seven players and two staff to test positive for Covid this week.

And Tuchel commented on whether there is additional concern at Cobham about a potential increase in cases.

He commented: “Yes, I knew it could happen, me personally.

“I am happy not only as a manager but also as a person.

“But it is…

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