'Getting ridiculous': Some Chelsea fans can't believe what they've heard ahead of Watford tie

Chelsea supporters on social media were not in best spirits on the eve of the Premier League game against Watford due to Thomas Tuchel’s latest injury update.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s fixture at Vicarage Road, Tuchel issued some potentially damming news about several of his shining stars.

He said: “For tomorrow, we have some players in doubt.”

Words no fan wants to hear right before a match.

“Reece James, Jorginho and Timo Werner all finished training. There will be some last-minute decisions on the three,” explained the Blues boss.

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Tuchel’s troubling statement came shortly after confirming the absences of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell.

Despite Chelsea’s squad depth, their regular starting team has taken a battering.

This really resonated with followers of the league leaders, who could not believe the mounting list of inductees to the treatment room.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

At a glance…

Of course, rival factions will claim Chelsea have no reason to be worried.

Their first team – after all – is one of, if not the, strongest in the world.

Yet, take a closer inspection and the missing personnel are more prominent than people give credit for.

Or rather, it’s the players replacing their wounded colleagues that could be the problem.

Trouble in paradise?

With all three regular central midfielders missing, Tuchel may need to call-upon Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez as his double pivot.

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A combination that has never played together outside of training.

In place of James and Chilwell at wing-back, the Spanish duo of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

They are certainly not a bad pair of replacement in terms of experience and leadership.

However, their attacking threat pales in comparison to the two England internationals.  

Take these factors into account and Chelsea’s entire midfield has changed, and not for the better.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.