Newcastle United will today host Chelsea as Premier League returns at St James’ Park 12:30pm, Saturday 21st November 2020.
Havertz has now recovered from coronavirus but will focus on building himself back up to match fitness after two weeks in self-isolation, while Thiago Silva only returned to England on Thursday afternoon following his international exploits with Brazil.
There should be better news regarding Ben Chilwell, though; the full-back emerged as a concern with a back problem while away with England, but he was deemed fit enough for the bench against Iceland and Lampard is optimistic that he will be available this weekend.
Antonio Rudiger in for Thiago Silva could be the only change in the Chelsea defence, then, with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta once again having to make do with a place on the bench.
Mateo Kovacic worked his way back into Lampard’s starting XI prior to the international break and his brace for Croatia against Portugal will not have done his chances of starting again here any harm at all.
NEWCASTLE XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez,Lascelles, Clark,Lewis, Hayden,Longstaff,Murphy,Saint-Maximin,Joelinton..
CHELSEA XI: Mendy, James, Zouma, Rudiger, Chilwell,Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Abraham, Werner.