‘I’ve been 100%’: Chelsea player tells Tuchel he is fully fit ahead of the Everton encounter tonight
Romelu Lukaku has revealed he is feeling completely free of injuries, just in time for the battle between Chelsea and Everton this evening.
Speaking to the club website, the Belgium international brought the status of his fitness to Thomas Tuchel’s attention.
Lukaku is still overcoming an ankle injury he sustained at the start of November.
He missed seven games in total whilst recovering from his wounds.
The striker returned against Manchester United at the very end of last month and has since made another three substitute Premier League appearances.
His one start after overcoming the damages arrived away to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League.
Not only did he manage 75 minutes, but the 28-year-old ended a streak of ten games without a goal for Chelsea.
As to avoid overstretching the centre-forward, Tuchel dropped him for the subsequent fixture at home to Leeds United.
Lukaku tells it straight
The Blues boss clearly still doesn’t trust the attacker’s availability just yet.
“We let him play 70 something minutes against Zenit. Then we had a lot of travelling and lack of sleep and a very intensive opponent with Leeds so we decided not put him in this straight away. I think he can play 70-plus but it depends on how the game goes,” remarked the German coach ahead of tonight’s clash with Everton.
However, Lukaku insisted that he is in tip-top shape and ready to take on the Toffees.
“I’m feeling back to my best and now it’s up to the manager to make a decision,” he said.
“For the last 10 days I’ve been 100 per cent.
“I just keep on working on the training ground, showing myself every day, and I’m waiting for my chance now.”
With reports of a covid outbreak in the Chelsea camp now circling around, Tuchel may have no choice but to start Lukaku against his former employers, permitted he is not one of the unfortunate causalities.