Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said Tammy Abraham suffered another setback in training and therefore could not feature in the FA Cup win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
It has been a month now since the 23-year-old last featured for the Blues in the draw with Southampton in February.
He has been nursing an ankle injury but was finally back in training in the last few days.
It came as a surprise to many that he was not even in the squad for the Sheffield United game but according to Tuchel, Abraham reaggravated his ankle injury during training on Saturday.
“He quit training yesterday after only five minutes during warm-ups,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference (via Hayters TV).
“So there was no chance that he could join the squad
“It is more or less the same injury, he had a reinjury after a training accident, exactly on the same spot, so he was in pain and had to quit training.”
Asked about whether Abraham will be straight back into the team when he is fit, Tuchel suggested that the striker will have to fight his way back into the side.
“First he needs to be fit, then takes it step by step to good training performances and fights for [his] way back,” he explained.
“The way back for him maybe to be a substitute and to be hungry and full of quality in training.
“Now it is not time to worry about [being in the] first eleven because he has been out now for many games.
“Now it’s kind of a restart, and I hope he can use the two weeks [of international break] to get fit again, this is the most important thing right now.”