Thomas Tuchel’s recent statement about the general fitness of his Chelsea team might be music to the ears of Tammy Abraham.

Following the Blues 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday, Tuchel told reporters his side ‘looked mentally and physically tired’.

There are two likely reasons behind this fatigue.

Two tough games in a row against Porto and Manchester City would take its toll on anybody, especially as Tuchel only made three changes to his starting XI for both fixtures.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel congratulates Kai Havertz at the end of the Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Wembley Stadium on April 17, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Travelling to Sevilla for the ‘home leg’ of their Champions League tie against Porto wouldn’t have helped weary bodies either.

Similarly, all this European Super League nonsense has lingered over Chelsea in the past few days, an unwelcomed headache for everyone involved in the club.

Tuchel and his players have unwillingly been dragged into this mess. It must’ve been hard to get that out of their minds whilst playing Brighton.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 20: Reece James of Chelsea holds off Dan Burn of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 20, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

If the Blues are still suffering from physical and emotional exhaustion, then the wisest decision would be to rotate the squad accordingly.

Chelsea travel to West Ham United this Saturday in a crunch tie for Champions League qualification, giving Tuchel a chance to reshuffle his pack.

This might just leave the doorway open for Abraham to make a rare appearance under the German coach.

The 23-year-old hasn’t played a minute of action since being substituted at half time away to Southampton in February.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea is challenged by Mohammed Salisu of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on February 20, 2021 in Southampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

His relationship with Tuchel seems to have taken a turn, with Chelsea’s manager continuously leaving him out of matchday squads.

Reasons behind Abraham’s omission includes repeated issues to his ankle and also not being able select more than nine substitutes.

A trip to West Ham would be prime opportunity for the young striker to show his importance at a pivotal point in the season.

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – APRIL 13: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea warms up before the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on April 13, 2021 in Seville, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

He is still the Blues top scorer this campaign, with Tuchel’s current attacking option unable to find a consistent tune in front of goal.

Nobody should be fresher than Abraham, considering his long competitive absence.

Maybe he can be the tool to knock down the Hammers this weekend.

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