Wolves and Bruno Lage went through with their promise after Sunday’s draw with Chelsea by getting all their players fully vaccinated at Molineux.
That meant the Blues were only able to name four outfield players on the substitutes bench despite a wealth of talent within the academy system at the club.
Therefore, it was no surprise that the club were keen to have the game postponed but unlike the other six games that were given the green light to cancel due to the Omicron crisis, the Premier League decided that the west Londoners’ case didn’t meet the right criteria.
That decision that didn’t go down well with manager Thomas Tuchel, who remained coy on the issue up until Sunday.
He stated in his post-match press conference: “I’ve got no idea. We had an idea yesterday evening what is going to happen [a postponement] but that did not happen. So we have no idea. We will continue to do tests on a daily basis and go to training like we did.
“We as a club have been very, very responsible. We left Kai (Havertz) out against Everton, although we needed him badly, badly in his position, with a negative test because he had symptoms. We left Jorginho out today and it’s not even clear until now if he’s positive or negative. So we are very responsible with it.
“There has been a lot in the last 24 hours and now we will sit in a bus for three hours together and tomorrow we will do training. We will be tested before and then we will wait for the result.”
Despite these clear concerns from the German going forward into the festive schedule, they may only amplify further now as the Premier League have decided that the festive schedule will continue as planned, despite talk of a two-week circuit-breaker over Christmas, as per the Athletic.
Chelsea will hope that the number of seven players and staff doesn’t go up further ahead of the scheduled Brentford Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday, otherwise we could see more youth players being deployed in the squad to fill the substitutes quota.
But how can they ensure that all players and staff are safe despite the rapid rise of Omicron in this country?
Well, Wolves have shown just how the show can go on, as Lage and co. were quick to all get their important booster vaccines straight after the 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon.
A number of players were pictured receiving the vaccine in the aftermath of the game, as reported by football.london on game day, but will the same happen in west London?
By Tuchel’s previous admission, it may seem that the Champions League winning manager may not force the decision upon his players to get everyone fully boosted.
“It would be easy to say “yes” now and get applause from a lot of people,” he said via the Daily Mail. “But do I have the right to say that? I’m not so sure.
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“Vaccination seems to be a proper protection. I am vaccinated. I can make the decision for myself, and everyone else has to reflect and take the risk or not.”
He then went on to add: “I don’t want to get involved in this political stuff. IIf we have to play with our cases then we’ll play and do our best.”
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