Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has ruled two key players out of Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Leicester City.
Overall, it was a very good international break for the Blues in which their injured players got some extra recovery time.
Timo Werner and Mason Mount, in particular, are now back in the team after a hamstring injury and a tooth infection, respectively.
Romelu Lukaku is also close to being fit, as Tuchel confirmed, but unfortunately not ready to be in the squad to face Leicester City alongside Mateo Kovacic.
“I can tell you Mateo and Romelu are still out for the game against Leicester tomorrow,” the German said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“Romelu is very close to [joining] team training, so hopefully he will join the squad on Sunday.
“Let’s see how this works out. He’s pushing hard and trying hard to be back as soon as possible.
“Mateo will take more days until he is ready to join the training. He will miss some more matches.”
Tuchel also confirmed that Timo Werner returned to training on Thursday but insisted he will have to need to wait until the end of the Friday training before making any team decision.
“Then we will decide if it makes sense if he [Werner] is in the squad or on the bench,” he added.