Thomas Tuchel gives triple injury update ahead of Chelsea v Aston Villa

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has given a mixed injury update on three first-team players ahead of the final game of the Premier League season.

The Blues have the mouthwatering Champions League final against Manchester City at the end of the month ahead of them, but before that play the huge showdown on Sunday.

Tuchel’s side travel to Aston Villa this weekend knowing they are still in the scrap to finish in the top four.

Crucially, Chelsea know a victory away to Villa will mean they keep third in the league table and guarantee Champions League qualification.

However, the duo of Liverpool and Leicester City are both just a point behind in the league, meaning two from three of those clubs will be in the top four by the end of Sunday’s final games.


Tuchel has shared that centre-back Andreas Christensen is definitely back in the squad after his recent injury absence.

Meanwhile, forward Kai Havertz is working his way back and will have another fitness test tomorrow to see if he can play against Villa. 

As for midfielder N’Golo Kante, he’s “really close” to his comeback, but perhaps the Champions League final is more realistic return date. 

“Andreas Christensen will be in the squad, he did full training today and also yesterday without any problems. So he will be back. Kai Havertz did a test today and will be testing in team training tomorrow. And with NG it’s going to be very close, but still some hopes he maybe joins team training tomorrow. But if not, then he will join on Monday,” Tuchel said, as quoted by Football London.

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The three individuals mentioned by Tuchel are all key player, Kante especially, but they got the job done without them during the vital Premier League win against Leicester City. 

Chelsea are in pole position going into the final day, and just need to focus on gaining the three points that will seal third. 

If they get the victory, it won’t matter what happens in the other games that are being played simultaneously. 

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