Thomas Tuchel has given an update on injuries ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City.
The Blues welcome the Foxes to Stamford Bridge for the penultimate league game of the season safe in the knowledge that Champions League football has been secured and that third place will be confirmed with a positive result.
Andreas Christensen missed the final through illness and is expected to again sit out tomorrow night’s fixture, while Mateo Kovacic is a major doubt with an ankle issue sustained at Wembley.
Tuchel hopes to have Kai Havertz available but admits there are ‘big question marks’ on whether he will be fit while fellow German striker, Timo Werner, is definitely ruled out.
“With Andreas, I’m not sure yet if he’s going to be involved tomorrow or even at the weekend,” said Tuchel during 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.”