Chelsea have suffered yet a fresh and late blow ahead of their Saturday early kick off crunch clash with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium after Andreas Christensen tested positive for COVID-19.

The Danish centre-back has been ruled out of the lunchtime trip to the Etihad, further depleting Thomas Tuchel’s defensive worries.

The Blues are already with out the injured vital trio Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell, while Thiago Silva match fitness remains doubt after recently recovering from the virus.

Christensen’s Stamford Bridge future is the subject of talk, with the Dane’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Despite fine form since the arrival of Tuchel, the 25-year-old has slipped down Chelsea contract offers and has been linked with a free transfer to Borussia Dortmund.

Saturday’s 3:30 pm clash between first and second place in the Premier League is the only last chance for Tuchel’s side stop City title hunt this season, with Pep Guardiola’s side are currently 10 points clear at the top.

Premier League Collated Fixtures:

Friday:
10:00 PM
Brighton 1-1 Crystal Palace


Goals: 69′ Conor Gallagher
: 87′ Joachim Anderson {own goal}

Saturday:
3:30 PM
Manchester City vs

6:00 PM
Burnley vs Leicester {postponed}
Newcastle United vs Watford
Norwich City vs Everton
Wolves vs Southampton

8:30 PM
Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Sunday:
5:00 PM
Liverpool vs Brentford
West Ham United vs Leeds United

7:30 PM
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal