Tuchel confirms two Chelsea players who started last night are injury doubts vs Wolves

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are both injury doubts going into this weekend’s game away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chelsea are currently due to travel to Wolves on Sunday afternoon for a Premier League fixture.

The Blues were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Everton last night, with Mason Mount’s goal cancelled out by Jarrad Branthwaite’s equaliser for the visitors at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has revealed in his Friday press conference that there is a potential injury issue for the two Chelsea central midfielders that started alongside each other against Everton.

Jorginho, along with Loftus-Cheek, have been overloaded with minutes in recent weeks due to injuries within the squad. Tuchel explained that midfield duo Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are potential options against Wolves, but he seems reluctant to start either given they are returning from injuries.

“We have Jorginho in doubt for Sunday because he’s in pain. We have Ruben Loftus-Cheek in doubt because he’s in pain. Do we know that they can travel with us tomorrow? No we don’t,” Tuchel said.

He added: “Maybe we start with N’Golo and Mateo. Would that be fair? No. Would that be possible? I don’t know, but maybe we do because who else.”

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Chalobah and James in Chelsea midfield?

Chelsea’s trip to Wolves on Sunday is a difficult one on paper because their opponents look strong this season.

If Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek need a rest this weekend, Tuchel may need to take the sensible option to pull them out of the firing line.

Kante was on the bench against Everton, albeit Pat Nevin isn’t convinced he’s fit yet. Meanwhile, Kovacic hasn’t played any football for a while.

Chelsea defenders Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James could be viable options to step into central midfield positions, though.

They are both superb youngsters that have the versatility to play in the centre of the park, but it would be a mammoth ask to rely on both in a new-look partnership.

Hopefully, at least one of Chelsea’s senior midfielders can make the starting line-up.

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