Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed he has a number of injuries to assess ahead of Thursday night’s Premier League clash against Leicester City. 

The Blues go into the match on the back of the FA Cup final defeat against Liverpool last weekend and will be hoping to bounce back.

Andreas Christensen missed the match due to illness and will miss the clash against the Foxes.

Mateo Kovacic picked a minor ankle issue at Wembley and will be assessed as well ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge.

“With Andreas, I’m not sure yet if he’s going to be involved tomorrow or even at the weekend,” Thomas stated at his pre-match media briefing.

“Andreas came [to me] on the morning of the cup final and told me he was not ready for the match. He had his reasons, they will stay private and confidential, but it was not the first time.

“It was very short notice before the cup final and even with other matches in the weeks before. He retains our support but it is probably unlikely [that he plays against Leicester]. But I have no prediction for tomorrow or the weekend.

“Kai will try in training today. He was in individual training yesterday rather than with the team so there’s still a big question mark over him for tomorrow.

“Timo is out with a hamstring problem. Kova had a big swollen ankle after the match and he did not train yesterday so it is unlikely he will be available tomorrow,”

Ben Chilwell was pictured in Chelsea training yesterday and while tomorrow’s game against his former side comes far too soon for him, Tuchel was pleased to see the England international back out on the grass with his team-mates.

‘Yesterday Ben Chilwell was back in team training which was very good news and a big uplift for everyone,’ added Tuchel.

“It was very good news to see him back in training but of course he is out for the match. We are desperate to have Ben back next season because he’s one of our key players,”

Chelsea have already secured Champions League football next season, and a win will see them confirm third spot.

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