Thomas Tuchel has ruled Mason Mount out of tomorrow’s Champions League game in Sweden but Christian Pulisic will travel.
Mount has not recovered sufficiently from the illness that forced him to miss our weekend game in Newcastle. He travelled to Tyneside but was taken ill on the eve of the 3-0 win.
The England international joins the injured trio of Romelu Lukaku (ankle), Timo Werner (hamstring) and Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) in being unavailable for our fourth group-stage match in this season’s Champions League. The Blues are in second place in our group, three points behind Juventus who beat us in other game overseas so far.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference at Cobham, prior to flying to Malmo, Tuchel said:
‘These four players are unfortunately still out. For Timo, Romelu and Kova it is no surprise. For Mason, he does not feel really better and to stop any speculation, it is not Covid. He is negative for that.
‘He is just ill and does not feel good enough to take part in training or take part in the trip to Malmo.
‘The good news is Christian Pulisic is back and back in the squad for tomorrow.’
Pulisic has not played for Chelsea since scoring on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. He was injured on international duty soon after.
Despite still being several players short of a full squad, with the Blues victorious in the six games since the Juventus match, Tuchel reports a good frame of mind in the camp.
‘We are in a good place and I have the feeling that the group knows why we are in a good place,’ he said.
‘We know what it takes to have these kinds of results and know what effort we have to put in.
We know what we have to do for it and that makes us confident and at the same time, it sets the standards that you need to set every single match that arrives, and it's coming again tomorrow.
‘We'll start from scratch, it’s a Champions League away game, and we want to win. We're self-confident enough to say it. We know what it takes and it is up to us to deliver.’
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