Thomas Tuchel confirms two Chelsea players who are unavailable v Aston Villa

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that both N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic won’t be playing for Chelsea tomorrow against Aston Villa.

Blues manager Tuchel has revealed in today’s pre-match press conference that two key first-team players are unavailable on Saturday against Villa due to injury problems. 

Kante, 30, is going to be missing at Stamford Bridge against Villa. However, there is hope he could be back in time for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage match against Zenit.

The £30million Blues central midfielder has been a colossus during Tuchel’s reign so far, which is why his absence is usually quite noticeable.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old attacker Pulisic may be out for 10 days after returning from international duty on crutches. 

The £58million American must be desperate to get going this season because there is so much competition for places in the forward positions, but he’ll be watching on from the sidelines.

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Chelsea have squad depth to cope with injuries 

Realistically, Kante and Pulisic would start for pretty much any team in the Premier League when they are on form. It’s a blow not to have either against Villa, but looking around the Blues squad is some comfort. 

Pulisic is still fighting to break into the best XI, so Mason Mount and Kai Havertz may have got the nod over him anyway this weekend.

Meanwhile, Kante will be a miss in the centre of the park. However, Saul Niguez, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are three brilliant options for Tuchel to rely on in the midfield.

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