Thomas Tuchel gives fresh update on Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner injuries

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ukaku went off early in the first half

Lukaku went off early in the first half (Picture: Getty Images)

Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will miss Chelsea’s clashes against Norwich City and Southampton at least, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

The attacking duo were both forced off in the first half of the Blues’ 4-0 victory over Malmo in the Champions League in midweek and now face spells on the sidelines.

Lukaku, who completed a £97.5million switch back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, went down clutching his ankle and had to be replaced by Kai Havertz after 23 minutes.

Chelsea FC v Malmo FF: Group H - UEFA Champions League

Werner was also forced off against Malmo (Picture: Getty Images)

Shortly before half-time, Chelsea’s injury woes worsened when Werner suffered a problem with his hamstring and was also taken off.

Tuchel said after the match that the pair would be out for ‘some days’, but he has now offered a fresh update on their injuries, with both ruled out for the Premier League clash against Norwich on Saturday and the Carabao Cup meeting with Southampton on Tuesday at a minimum.

The German boss told a press conference on Friday: ‘To make the question a longer one, how is Christian Pulisic too? They are all out tomorrow and probably the Southampton game and then we will see.

‘What I can tell you for sure is they are both [Lukaku and Werner] in treatment, positive and not worried, but out of the next two games for sure.

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‘From there we see what is next, I don’t think it makes any sense to go into speculation about how long this is going to be.

‘The fact is you never know, things can be longer than expected, shorter than expected.’

On Lukaku specifically, he added: ‘Mentally he is a bit overplayed but that does not mean we have to rest him.

‘Jorginho and Mason Mount are in the same spot. It is like this, they have played a lot of competitions. This is what we felt with Romelu so we encouraged him to trust his instincts, let us do the thinking and the structure that he will be able to have the last contact.

‘His body didn’t demand a break, it was not a muscle injury so I don’t understand that. It is just some percentage, please don’t underestimate the effort these players go through. We want him to be the top dog at Chelsea and at some point, you get tired. If you turn the wheel and turn the wheel and turn the wheel then you get tired.

‘There is no major problem. Sometimes speaking about it helps.’


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