Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has delivered an early piece of team news ahead of Juventus regarding their striker Romelu Lukaku – and some Blues fans on Twitter have responded in a worried fashion.
The Blues host Italian opposition Juventus on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge, which is a game where qualification to the Champions League knockouts can be secured.
Tuchel revealed yesterday that Lukaku may be involved in the match day squad to face Juventus, but a brief cameo from the bench is the most fans can hope for.
The 28-year-old Belgian striker hasn’t played since mid-October due to his injury.
“Not sure yet. We have one more training. Yesterday he was in team training and seemed ok, let’s see about the reaction. He has right now in the next minutes an appointment with the doctors and physios to see about the reaction and the next training,” Tuchel said.
“We have the chance to bring 20 players to the squad so there is a chance he is in the squad for the last minutes. This is the maximum we can get out of the situation right now.”
Chelsea fans don’t want Lukaku to start
A selection of Blues supporters on social media are urging their manager not to play Lukaku tonight.
First of all, some are worried about bringing the centre-forward back too early from his injury. He’s been in training but hasn’t played in over a month.
Also, some feel that it would be best to hold him back to this weekend’s Premier League match at home to a struggling Manchester United.
He did find it difficult to make a big impact when he last played against a tough Juventus defence. The left-footed attacker would surely be desperate to prove a point if he played against ex-club United, though.
Here are some Chelsea fans discussing Lukaku:
Lukaku has four goals in 11 appearances across all competitions since his return to Chelsea in the summer.
An injury problem has interrupted his season, so he may need to rethink any goal targets he set.
However, pushing for 20-plus goals should be an aim for a quality striker that will get usually get plenty of opportunities around the penalty box.
Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt thinks Lukaku “makes the difference” when he plays for Chelsea.
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