Hansi Flick issues Kai Havertz fitness update as Thomas Tuchel sweats over Chelsea star

Kai Havertz will travel with the Germany squad for their upcoming clash with Iceland on Wednesday evening, Hansi Flick has confirmed.

The Chelsea star, who has enjoyed a fine start to the 2021/22 season with the west London club, missed his country’s recent comfortable win against Armenia with a “mild flu-like infection”.

“Kai Havertz has a mild flu-like infection, but it’s not that bad. We still have to see if he can train with us today [Saturday)]” Flick said before Germany’s clash with Armenia.

Now, though, Havertz will be hoping to get some minutes under his belt as Germany face Iceland on Wednesday, with Thomas Tuchel made to sweat over his fitness.

“We will take everyone with us. Kai has trained on a bike, but not out on the pitch yet,” Flick told reporters after Germany’s defeat of Armenia.

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Tuchel will be desperate to see Havertz in perfect condition for when Chelsea host Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

The Blues will be looking to get back to winning ways at the weekend, after drawing 1-1 at Liverpool before the international break, with Havertz opening the scoring at Anfield.

The Germany international suffered a slow start to life at Chelsea following his big-money transfer from Bayer Leverkusen last year, but has proven his worth under Tuchel, following the manager’s appointment in January.

Kai Havertz has contracted 'flu-like' symptoms whilst away with Germany. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Kai Havertz has contracted ‘flu-like’ symptoms whilst away with Germany. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Speaking earlier in the summer, Tuchel outlined the areas Havertz can improve on coming into this season.

“For him personally he played a good Euros,” Tuchel said to the official Chelsea website.

“He was a threat constantly in the German team for the others to score. Of course he had an excellent ending to our season and although the German team did not do so well at the Euros, I think he can personally be satisfied with the first steps he made here in England and with the outcome for him.

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“There’s things to improve, things to keep the level up high, where he can play and he proved that he can play. This is the next step.”

Tuchel will be pleased with how the 22-year-old has started this season and will be hoping he can start his third successive match in the Premier League, after outings away at Arsenal and Liverpool.

However, should Havertz not be fit enough for the trip of Aston Villa, the Chelsea boss is not short of options in that area.

Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic can all play in similar positions to Havertz.

Source by Football London

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