‘Hopefully’: Tuchel says 25-year-old Chelsea player might be able to play tomorrow, set for late fitness check
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Andreas Christensen may be fit enough to return for this weekend’s FA Cup tie.
The Blues enter the third round of the FA Cup tomorrow with a home match against non-league opposition Chesterfield, who are currently top of the National League.
Tuchel’s Chelsea finished as runners-up in last season’s FA Cup competition by losing to Leicester City 1-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium. However, the glory of winning the Champions League so soon after eased the squad’s pain.
It’ll be interesting to see how many changes Tuchel makes against a team several divisions below. The Chelsea Chronicle has predicted a new-look Blues XI for Saturday’s evening contest.
Chelsea’s manager may end up having a big boost going into tomorrow after revealing an injury update in his Friday press conference.
Apparently, senior defender Christensen has a chance of returning to the squad if he can pass a late fitness check after training. The 25-year-old centre-back has missed two consecutive games with a back problem, so it’ll be a great boost to have him back in the ranks to strengthen the defence.
“Andreas Christensen was in training yesterday and hopefully, there will be no reaction. We have another training session later, I have to speak to the doctors after the press conference and we hope the situation stays at least like this at the moment because that would give us some more options at least,” Tuchel said.
Yes, Chelsea are overwhelming favourites to win against Chesterfield. It’ll be one of the biggest cup upsets ever if the non-league club pulled off an unlikely result.
However, Tuchel shouldn’t rely solely on academy players.
It’ll be great to have the likes of Harvey Vale and Jude Soonsup-Bell involved, but they should be blended in with a mix of senior players desperate for minutes.
There are plenty in the squad that require more match sharpness, so Tuchel shouldn’t completely disregard tomorrow. For instance, Timo Werner is a great example of someone who could do with some extra minutes in his legs.