Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Jorginho and Timo Werner are fit to face Juventus tomorrow, but there are question marks over the availability of Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz, while Mateo Kovacic is still missing.
Talking to the media ahead of our Champions League game at home against the Italian side on Tuesday evening, our head coach provided the news on how his squad is shaping up for that fixture.
He began by providing the latest update on Lukaku’s return to action, with the Belgian being unavailable since being forced off with an injury in our last Champions League home game, the 4-0 win over Malmo just over a month ago.
However, it seems it will need to be a late decision by the German on whether Lukaku can be part of the squad to face Juventus, with any involvement likely to be restricted.
‘I am not sure yet on Romelu,’ he said. ‘We have one more training, yesterday he was in team training and seemed okay. Let’s see about the reaction. He has right now today an appointment with the doctors and the physios to see about the reaction, to see about the next training.
‘We have the chance to bring 20 players to the squad, maybe we have the chance that he is in the squad for the last minutes, but that will be the absolute maximum we can get out of the situation right now.’
Tuchel also provided an update on two players who were substituted due to injuries in our last match on Saturday, as Jorginho and Havertz’s game ended early as we recorded a 3-0 victory away at Leicester City in the Premier League.
There is mixed news on that front, although it does seem Timo Werner will be in the squad again, having been named on the bench at the King Power Stadium after his own return to full training following injury, while Mateo Kovacic is still out as he recovers from his own injury.
‘Jorgi is absolutely okay,’ our head coach added. ‘We had to take Kai off because of hamstring problems. He felt a bit of tension in the hamstrings, so we took him off and we have some doubts with him. We need to check and see if he can train without any problems, so this is more or less the question mark.
‘Timo feels good, he was in training yesterday, he’s back in the squad again, and Mateo Kovacic is still out.’
He also spoke about the effect the injuries we have had to deal with in attacking areas recently has had on his team tactically, insisting he has plenty of options to compensate for the absence of Lukaku, Werner and others, as shown by our high-scoring form over the last month, even if he is grateful to have those strikers returning to the fold.
‘We always had the options. It’s on the players. When they are needed and when they have the chance to show their potential, they need to show it and they need to be ready. That’s life at Chelsea and this is what they do in a very impressive way.
‘We always have options and when we play with Romelu we play with Romelu and when we play with Timo we play with Timo and when they are unavailable we try to find solutions, but that’s why we are here and that’s why we have a big squad.
‘This is why we trust everybody because the guys know what it takes to play for Chelsea. We take care that the attention goes to the guys who are available and who are fit. For the injured players and the guys who are missing, they get our full attention to be as soon as possible back on the pitch.’