Thomas Tuchel has reported that central midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are unavailable for this weekend’s Premier League match with Wolverhampton Wanderers, while confirming Callum Hudson-Odoi remains on the sidelines.
Kante missed last weekend’s trip to Everton with an injury he sustained in the game against Manchester United, while Jorginho was withdrawn at the interval at Goodison Park last Sunday.
Despite having a full week to recover, the boss says a return for either would be premature.
‘For N’Golo it comes too early. Jorginho is out as well, these two are missing. Callum and Ben Chilwell are still out,’ Tuchel said.
The boss also hinted at a return to the starting XI for our no.9 Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian was an unused substitute against his former club last Sunday, but our head coach says he has reacted well in training this week.
‘I want him to be an important part of the squad, right now he is very important. There is no recruitment and no players are about to leave because it's simply not possible,’ the boss said as he briefed the media at Cobham earlier this afternoon.
‘We need to adapt all the time, to contractual situations and also individual situations, what we and the players want.
‘We signed a big player, he is a big player. He didn't come on [at Everton] as we had only three changes, and unfortunately we used one at half-time with Jorginho. Otherwise there was a huge chance we had the same changes as against West Ham, with Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech,’ he added.
‘He trained very well, maybe he starts tomorrow, we'll see.’