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By Ryan Moran

Sub-edited by George Overhill

“Safety and security is absolutely paramount as opposed to trying to keep the nation’s spirits up,” said Frank Lampard on the possibility of future fixture postponements.

These comments came at his pre-match press conference as Chelsea host Manchester City six days after their game with Everton was postponed due to a Covid outbreak within their bubble. Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus were two players who returned positive results.

Fortunately for Chelsea, their players are unaffected this time round, but Lampard said non-playing staff members within the club had been positive. 

The Chelsea manager will be without Reece James however, who misses out with a hamstring problem. Hakim Ziyech is in contention having trained with the squad’s preparations.

On the chances of their encounter with City being postponed, Lampard said: “It seems to me the situation at the minute is that we go game by game. 

“In terms of the games that have been called off have been because of positives around that game itself,” Lampard continued, Tottenham’s game with Fulham being an example, the Premier League’s third Covid postponement.

When asked if he backed a decision for another circuit breaker like the one in March, his response was: “if you’re told to stop, you stop.”

Chelsea were held by Aston Villa in their previous Premier League game, read the report here.

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