‘Too painful’: Tuchel confirms £100k-a-week Chelsea man who started Tuesday won’t play v Burnley

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that his side will be without Marcos Alonso tomorrow against Burnley.

Alonso, 30, has been ruled out of this weekend’s Premier League fixture with an ankle problem.

The £100,000-a-week left wing-back started on Tuesday during the 1-0 Champions League win against Malmo. However, that will be his last Blues appearance before the international break starts next week.

Tuchel has detailed that the Spaniard picked up his injury problem during the final stages of the Malmo game.

With Alonso absent, Ben Chilwell seems the safest best to return to the XI at wing-back at home to Burnley. 

“Marcos injured himself in the very last minute of the Malmo match, he tried to come out for training but the stress is too high on the ankle. Nothing big but too painful at the moment,” Tuchel said.

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Chelsea have depth in every position

Unfortunately, Alonso won’t be in contention to play on Saturday afternoon. The beauty of this Chelsea squad, though, is the strength in depth.

Chilwell, 24, has been starting on the left flank in recent games, so may have started against Burnley anyway.

However, the fact Tuchel can rely on two superb left wing-backs is great news.

Similarly, you could look at every position on the pitch and find two top quality options.

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Fixtures after the break

Chelsea play Burnley before the international break and beyond that there are some tricky fixtures.

Tuchel’s side will return to three huge matches, so will be praying there are no injury blows. 

They play Leicester City (away) and Manchester United (home) in the league. Also, sandwiched in-between there is a key Champions League group stage match at home to Juventus. 

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