Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Mason Mount, Reece James and N’Golo Kante will not be able to play against Juventus tomorrow, and the game will also come too soon for Christian Pulisic.
The boss was speaking before the squad depart to Turin and after today’s final training session ahead of a mouthwatering Champions League encounter.
He will be making the trip without four key players, as he reported at Cobham this afternoon.
‘Christian, Reece and Mason are out,’ said Tuchel.
‘N’Golo unfortunately tested positive and he needs to quarantine and follow the government protocols. He was not in training today.’
Tuchel spoke in more detail about the injury James sustained during the weekend defeat to Manchester City.
‘It’s still very painful. It will come down to pain management in the end and how much he can accept.
‘Right now we are looking at a minimum of one more week.’
Tuchel also looked forward to the challenge that awaits us in Italy. Like us, Juventus are without some important players because of injury, and although they currently lie in mid-table in their domestic league the boss knows what a difficult task awaits us.
‘They are so experienced and such a big club with so much Champions League experience,’ he said.
‘They will enjoy the different competition. They have had a bit of a rough start according to their results in Serie A, but they were convincing in the Champions League.
‘You never know with players that are missing. The guys who come in want to show they are reliable.
‘We play Juventus at Juventus. It’s a no-brainer that demands respect to the quality and tradition of the club. We need to refocus and regroup and face a tough challenge with positive energy and determination to bounce back from our defeat.’