Frank Lampard says Kai Havertz is back after his period of isolation but confirmed a double blow for Chelsea ahead of their trip to St James’ Park.
Chelsea were in fine form before the international break, scoring 14 goals in four consecutive victories.
Thiago Silva has been key to that success but after playing both games for Brazil over the international break, Lampard said he would not feature against Newcastle.
The Chelsea manager also confirmed they would still be without Christian Pulisic.
“Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but has stepped up his training,” Lampard said.
“Havertz is back, isolation is over and tested negative so trained two days ago to get individually his fitness back.
“Silva has just landed, he probably won’t go to Newcastle because of the journey.
“Still waiting on some covid testing.
“Unfortunately some are arriving back this afternoon, so with the 12.30pm kick off it brings a lot of challenges.”
Ben Chilwell picked up a back injury on England duty, but Lampard is confident the left-back will be fit to play this weekend.
“I haven’t seen him yet,” he said.
“I am positive that he will be OK but I’ll have to see later today.”