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​Thomas Tuchel has admitted he would be left fuming if competitor Premier League clubs are found to be trying to bend postponement rules.

Chelsea’s request for a postponement due to seven Covid-19 situations fell on deaf ears ahead of their goalless Premier League draw at Wolves on December 19.

The Blues suffered their latest positive Covid case on Friday, with Andreas Christensen ruled out of today’s league trip to runaway leaders Manchester City.

Tuchel insists Chelsea are doing everything they can to make sure their games are going ahead and hopes it is the same story in other places.

Asked if he thought some clubs were attempting to push the limits on postponements such as including general injuries and Africa Cup of Nations absentees, the German replied: “I strongly, strongly hope that’s not the case, because otherwise I would be very, very angry.

“Because we are doing everything to make games happen. And we were made to play when we thought we should maybe not.

“So I can only strongly hope that the rules are the same for everybody.”

Tuchel lamented his side’s Covid issues as “like catching fish” in light of Denmark centre-back Christensen’s absence for today’s fixture.

The Blues had only just managed a clean coronavirus slate for Wednesday’s 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg win at Tottenham.

Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante returned after isolation to take a seat on the bench in north London, but Chelsea only lasted two days without any Covid absentees.

Christensen had only just returned from a back injury to raise Chelsea’s defensive shortages, but now faces another spell on the sidelines.

Brazilian left wing-back Kenedy is back from a loan stint at Flamengo, with Tuchel insisting the 25-year-old has a genuine opportunity to step into the first-team picture amid Ben Chilwell and Reece James’ long-term injuries.

Chelsea will continue to push for Emerson Palmieri’s return from loan at Lyon, but Tuchel wants to hand Kenedy a chance to impress.

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