Kai Havertz admits being wrong about Covid-19 after Chelsea star’s experience
Chelsea ace Kai Havertz has admitted he underestimated just how dangerous Covid-19 is, having missed three games following a positive test.
Havertz, who signed for the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, had to sit out matches last month.
He has now returned starting for Frank Lampard’s side in the last three games across all competitions.
Havertz, 21, admitted he had to spend seven to ten days "just in my bed and everything was hurting" while suffering with the virus.
And the German has opened up on how unwell he felt, telling Football Focus: "It was like a very bad flu for me so I think now I know it is very bad for people.
“Before I sometimes thought, 'OK it is not so bad' but now I get it and I know for older people and people who had illnesses before it can be very bad.
"We all have to look out for each other. To be honest, it was personally very hard."
He added: "When you do nothing for two and half weeks and then you start training again, you feel like you have never played football before. For me it took two or three weeks to get back to 100 per cent.
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"Now I have started three games and I'm feeling good. It takes a lot of time and it took around one and a half months for me to get back but now I think I am very fit again and can start to attack again."
Blues boss Lampard praised Havertz this week, insisting he can become one of the top players in world football.
The attacking midfielder said in response: “Of course I feel very honoured because I know that he was a very big legend at this club and in world football.
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“To hear that from such a legend is very good to hear. I know he’s my coach and he wants to make me better and I think I can learn a lot from him.
“But of course I feel very honoured to hear that from him. I know I have room to improve and I need to do that in the next weeks.
“I know that my start here was not the best. It was tough for me to change clubs and country.
“But now I’m feeling better and better and I hope the next few months and years will be good for me.”
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