‘We need to check’: Thomas Tuchel confirms 22-year-old Chelsea star is a doubt against Juventus
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz is an injury doubt ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League group stage match against Juventus.
The Blues welcome Italian opposition Juventus to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, knowing they’ll secure qualification to the knockout rounds if they avoid defeat.
Chelsea manager Tuchel has revealed in his Monday press conference that there may be an injury problem with Kai Havertz.
The 22-year-old was substituted off after just an hour during the weekend’s 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City. It turns out there was a minor problem with his hamstring, though.
“We had to take Kai off [against Leicester] because he felt a bit of tension in the hamstrings. We have some doubts with him. We need to check and see if he can train without any problems,” Tuchel said.
Injury would be worrying for Havertz
Havertz has enjoyed a strong run of starts for over a month at Chelsea due to injuries elsewhere in the squad.
Unfortunately, the left-footer hasn’t quite made the impact many expected.
He’s stepped in and filled the centre-forward position, which is a role he applies himself to with great movement and graft.
However, his tally of four goals in 17 Blues appearances this campaign does seem a little low for someone with his quality, which is why he may have wasted his opportunity to nail down a permanent starting XI spot. However, teammate Antonio Rudiger said last month his time will come.
The competition is set to crank up again as players begin to return.
Chelsea squad stacked
Christian Pulisic’s return in recent games gives Tuchel another option in attack. Timo Werner was an unused substitute against Leicester, too.
Tuchel confirmed today that there is a chance Romelu Lukaku may make the squad against Juventus, so his return from injury doesn’t sound too far away.
Chelsea are top of the Premier League even with their injury troubles in the past couple of months, which shows how much talent is on the books.
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