Tuchel confirms six Chelsea injury doubts ahead of Newcastle United clash

Thomas Tuchel said at least six Chelsea players are doubts for Sunday’s Premier League match against Newcastle United.

The Blues have been quite unfortunate with injuries for a large part of this season, and it is still the case at the moment.

Having plenty of versatile options who can cover multiple positions has helped Tuchel find solutions, but even Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has been the manager’s go-to backup option is dealing with a fitness issue.

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“Well, [Cesar] Azpi went out at half-time [in the Norwich win], feeling a bit sick and is still not at 100 per cent today,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV.

“Christian [Pulisic] did not make the travel because of the same issue also, feeling sick.

“So let’s hope it’s not too bad.

“Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is out still with pain in his Achilles, [and for] Reece [James] it will be very, very tight schedule to make it to Sunday. Maybe Wednesday [against Lille] is more realistic for him.

“Marcos Alonso, we need to see. We left him out of the squad after he had Covid to have a good physical session yesterday. Let’s see how he manage to digest it.

“Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] had some back pain. I’m not so sure yet, we still have another day for examinations. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll look a bit better.”

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Azpilicueta and Loftus-Cheek’s possible absences would arguably hurt Chelsea the most given James’ recent injury record.

Forcing James to play early will only lead to even more risk of losing him in upcoming important games.

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