Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final match against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Thomas Tuchel confirmed before Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Southampton that the club-record signing was suffering from a slight Achilles issue.

With the Belgian missing the journey to St Mary’s, it was believed that he would have a higher chance of being included in the team for the Bernabeu’s second leg of the quarter-final clash.

While Cesar Azpilicueta will rejoin the group following three negative coronavirus tests, Lukaku will miss his second consecutive game.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Tuchel said: “Callum Hudson-Odoi is still out. Ben Chilwell is of course still out. Romelu will not travel with us because of his pain in the Achilles.

“Azpi is in the group. He has tested several times negative, and Ross Barkley is sick and will not travel.”

With Chelsea down 3-1 following the first leg at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel has emphasized that the reigning champions’ progression to the final four is “very improbable.”

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