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Thomas Tuchel confirms Romelu Lukaku has tested negative for Covid and could make Boxing Day comeback

The pair are among eight players who were sidelined after testing positive for the virus in an outbreak at the London club, which was not deemed large enough for their Premier League encounter with Wolves. be canceled last weekend, despite six more high-level matches are postponed.

They did so despite Tuchel making eight changes to the squad that started at Wolves, though it ended up being the introductions of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Reece James from the substitutes bench. which turned out to be decisive.

This quintet is likely to return to the roster for the Villa game and could be joined in the squad by Lukaku and Hudson Odoi.

“If I understood correctly, we need a negative test first and we have negative tests for Romelu and Callum and Ben Chilwell,” Tuchel said.

“Chilwell will not be involved in Aston Villa game [because of injury] and for the other two, they will be on the ground tomorrow if they are still negative tomorrow and after that we have to see.

“The guys got sick, they had symptoms, so let’s see. It’s a Premier League game in one of the toughest places you can play in the Premier League. This is good news, don’t get me wrong, this is really good news, but I’m not so excited now because I know I have to check on how they’re doing.

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