Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed ahead of his side’s clash with Juventus that N’Golo Kante was set to miss the game.
The Frenchman was confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 and will now oversee a period of self-isolation as he recovers.
Ahead of the meeting in Turin, Tuchel said: “N’Golo unfortunately tested positive, and needs to have time and follow the government protocols.
“He was not in training today and of course was not with the group.”
Whilst the Frenchman’s frustrating start to the campaign has not impacted the Blues’ season so far, with Chelsea having enjoyed a lightning start to the Premier League campaign, his absence could well be more worrying in European competition.
In that time, the Blues have claimed just two wins – those coming in the form of a slender victory against Ajax during the 2019/20 group stages, and against Zenit during the opening matchday this campaign.
Meanwhile, they have also taken heavy defeats at the hands of AS Roma and Bayern Munich, whilst also producing high-scoring draws with the Italians and Ajax.
Their defensive record without Kante in the side is certainly concerning as they have shipped two goals per game in the Champions League without the Frenchman. The same statistic sits at just 14 in 23 games with Kante included in the side – just 0.6 per game.
With Juventus arguably representing the Blues’ sternest test of this season’s group stage, Tuchel will certainly hope that they can improve their poor defensive record in the absence of the isolating Kante and better their underwhelming results, despite the Frenchman being restricted to the sidelines.