Havertz hands Chelsea relief for Real Madrid clash after Brighton absence as Lampard offers positive injury update
Frank Lampard delivered a positive injury updating regarding Kai Havertz ahead of the Blues’ Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
On Saturday afternoon, Chelsea suffered their third consecutive loss in all competitions with a defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.
Roberto De Zerbi’s team came to Stamford Bridge and despite going a goal down in the first half, they came back to clinch a 2-1 win.
After Conor Gallagher opened the scoring after just 13 minutes through a deflected strike, substitute Danny Welbeck answered back for the visitors just before the half-time whistle with a header at the back post.
In the second half, the Seagulls continued on from the domination they’d had in the first half, and after a large number of chances, a wonder-goal from distance from Julio Enciso fired them into the lead.
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The Blues failed to respond in the final 20 minutes and picked up their 12th loss of the Premier League season leaving them sat in 11th place.
In the end, the scoreline flattered Chelsea; the hosts mustered just eight attempts on goal and the away side dominated the possession.
While they did manage to get on the scoresheet, since Lampard’s arrival as caretaker manager the west London side have only scored in one of their three games.
Their top scorer in all competitions this season, Havertz with seven, was unavailable due to a knee injury.
Lampard delivered an update on the German prior to the loss to Brighton, revealing: “Kai has had a little issue with his knee, which he felt in Madrid on Wednesday night.
“He should be fine for Tuesday (against Real Madrid at home).”
The game on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-finals is the most important match Chelsea have remaining this season.
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After suffering a 2-0 defeat against Los Blancos on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Blues will have to score at least twice if they want to give themselves a chance of progressing into the last four and Havertz being fit could be key.
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